Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, Salt Houses, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017, and was longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.


Ode to the Damsel by Hala Alyan

    Pink as a seashell. Mid-yawn, breasts rising like soldiers. In the shopping cart, duct tape & eye cream. The car red as a tongue. Your tongue, a car, spanning the city. The door rings & you don’t open it. There is Lisbon on the other side. Three children […]


Everyone Removes the Thorn by Hala Alyan

http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Everyone-Removes-the-Thorn.pdf     Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, SALT HOUSES, was published by Houghton Mifflin […]


Taking Notes: Vulnerability and Chaos in Fady Joudah’s FOOTNOTES IN THE ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

To be a footnoter means paying attention, an exercise in authenticating and deciding what deserves further explanation. The speaker in Fady Joudah’s beautiful collection “Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance” (Milkweed Books, 2018) remarks, “I always hold back from writing in the margins of the clearest sentences,” implying that even […]