Novelist Novelist Ann Patchett To Visit UW By Rebecca Golden • Apr 21, 2014 Heidi Ross Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett will speak at the University of Wyoming Tuesday, April 22. The free talk includes a Q & A, followed by a book signing. In addition to the talk, she will meet privately with UW students, including MFA candidates in the creative writing program. Award-Winning Poet, Author, Writer Naomi Shihab Nye By Emy DiGrappa • May 10, 2013 Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet, songwriter, and novelist. She was born to a Palestinian father and American mother. Although she regards herself as a "wandering poet", she refers to San Antonio as her home.