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Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan is a clinical psychologist, poet, and novelist who has garnered praise and awards for her work. Alyan is Palestinian American and has lived in Kuwait, Lebanon, Texas, Maine, and New York. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. Alyan has published three volumes of poetry: Atrium (2012), Four Cities (2015), and Hijra (2016). Atrium was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry and Hijra won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Her newest book is her debut novel, Salt Houses, which is about a displaced Palestinian family. The Los Angeles Book Review notes that Salt Houses proves “Alyan’s talent as a master of both the family drama genre as well as the depths and complexities of the Palestinian displacement.”

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