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Naomi Shihab Nye is the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate, serving from 2019 to 2021. Awarded by the Poetry Foundation for a two-year term, the Young People’s Poet Laureate aims to raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.

Read more about Naomi Shihab Nye.

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Created in partnership with Motionpoems, this film adaptation of Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Famous” meditates on the human desire to be seen and the individualized ways in which we define recognition.

    • Book Pick

      Things You May Find Hidden In My Ear: Poems from Gaza

      Picked By Naomi Shihab Nye July 2022

      Of this book, Mary Karr has written, “these poems are like flowers that grow out of bomb craters, and Mosab Abu Toha is an astonishing talent to celebrate.” Kaveh Akbar...

    • Statute of Liberty in a grey haze with the book title "America, We Call Your Name" in red on top.
      Book Pick

      America, We Call Your Name

      Picked By Naomi Shihab Nye June 2022

      For everyone who believes that poems do make things happen, this is an empowering collection of poems gathered by Sixteen Rivers Press, a shared-work collective in Northern California, on many...

    • Yellow texts "you don't have to be everything" on a indigo background, with the collage of a woman's profile underneath
      Book Pick

      You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves

      Picked By Naomi Shihab Nye May 2022

      The illustrations in this poetry anthology are so gorgeous, you’ll want to paper your rooms with them. Though the title implies the book is for girls, I’ll bet anything boys...

Past Laureates
    • Poet Margarita Engle poses in a dark blue shirt and pink, wearing a horse necklace.

      2017-2019 Laureate

      Poet, novelist, and journalist Margarita Engle was born in Pasadena, California, to a Cuban mother and an American father. She earned a BS from California State Polytechnic University and an...

    • Writer Jacqueline Woodson sitting on a bench outdoors, cropped from the chest up.

      2015-2017 Laureate

      Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of over 30 books for children and adults, including...

    • Headshot of writer Kenn Nesbitt in a tweed blazer in front of a glass building.

      2013-2015 Laureate

      Kenn Nesbitt was born in Berkeley, California. He grew up in Fresno and San Diego and attended National University in San Diego, where he majored in computer science. Nesbitt’s poetry for...

    • J. Patrick Lewis

      2011-2013 Laureate

      Former Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics...

    • Headshot of poet Mary Ann Hoberman outdoors.

      2008-2011 Laureate

      Mary Ann Hoberman was born in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a BA in history from Smith College and (35 years later) an MA in English literature from Yale University. She...

    • Black and white headshot of writer Jack Prelutsky.

      2006-2008 Laureate

      Jack Prelutsky is a creator of inventive poems for children and adults alike. He served as the Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2008. Prelutsky grew up in...