The background in which people grow up greatly influences what they do with their lives. Poets, musicians, painters, athletes can all credit some aspect in their childhood as a motivation towards their careers. Authors in particular like to express through writing issues that they appreciate about their societies or those that they condemn and would like to see changes. Naomi Shihab Nye’s writings have been heavily influenced by her cultural background, issues such as racism and the quest to bring peace to the Middle East.
Poet, novelist and songwriter, Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12 1952