Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American other. During her high school days, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Francisc, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. She is a journalis, playwright and songwriter.
She currently lives in San Angel, Texas. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.