Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners


Naomi Shihab Nye, 2018

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Voices in the Air is a collection of almost one hundred original poems written by the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye in honor of the artists, writers, poets, historical figures, ordinary people, and diverse luminaries from past and present who inspire her and us. Full of words of encouragement, solace, and hope, this collection offers a message of peace and empathy.

Voices in the Air focuses on the inspirational people who strengthen and motivate us to create, to open our hearts, and to live rewarding and graceful lives. With short informational bios about the influential figures behind each poem, and a transcendent introduction by the poet, this is a collection to cherish, read again and again, and share with others.

Featuring black-and-white spot art throughout, as well as brief bios of the “voices,” an index, and an introduction by the author.

Praise for Naomi Shihab Nye

“A rich collection of poems celebrating diverse lives. …Asking tough questions and demonstrating the beauty of the voices on the fringe, Nye once again deftly charts the world through verse: not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Nye frames the collection ever so clearly, first with the title, second with the subtitle, and third with her masterly written introduction. Her intentionality is palpable but never contrived. …A beautifully constructed, thoughtful, and inspiring collection…A vital addition to poetry collections.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“With her trademark conversational style, [Nye] feels like the sister you wish you had: warm, curious and insightful. …The poems in this collection are suffused with humor and thoughtfulness…Teen readers will love the gentle intensity of Nye’s words and messages and the accessibility of her poetry. Beautiful.” — Shelf Awareness (starred review)

About Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent, and she spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent more than forty years traveling the country and the world, leading writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages.

Additional information

Weight8.3 oz
Dimensions8.25 × 5.5 × .6 in

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

Page Count

208 pages