Naomi Shihab Nye

The Tiny Journalist

Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Jihad Ayyad, the “Youngest Journalist in Palestine,” who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother's smartphone. Nye draws upon her own family's roots in a West Bank village near Janna's hometown to offer empathy and insight to the young girl's reporting. Long an advocate for peaceful communication across all boundaries, Nye’s poems in The Tiny Journalist put a human face on war and the violence that divides us from each other.
54 printed pages
Original publication



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    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    Aziz would become a lifelong journalist as Naomi became a lifelong creative writer, publishing her first poems at age seven, the same age when Janna started posting videos. Currently on faculty at Texas State University, Naomi is recipient of the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    Janna’s calm and curiosity remind Nye of her father Aziz Shihab, born in Jerusalem in 1927, employed by the BBC while yet a teen—always a believer in getting facts and truth “out there.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted9 months ago
    She wishes American politicians would “follow” Janna so they might be better aware of how their money is spent

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