Next Letter in the Mail: Hala Alyan


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from award-winning poet and author Hala Alyan! Hala writes to us about “living in a moment marked first and foremost by uncertainty,” the magical power we have within us to help navigate this difficult moment, and the poem she’s read over and over again in the last few months.

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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 the winner of the Arab American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her newest poetry collection, The Twenty-Ninth Year, was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Photograph of Hala Alyan by Johnny Perkins.