Tree Swenson, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, announced today that Naomi Shihab Nye and Marie Ponsot have been elected to the Board of Chancellors, the Academy's advisory board of distinguished poets. Nye is a Missourian by birth having been born in born in St. Louis in 1952. She makes her home in Texas now but has been described as a a citizen of the world. Her poetry often crosses borders and fosters understanding. I know little of Marie Ponsot but Nye is truly a wonderful ambassador for poetry everywhere.