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Hala Alyan


As someone that writes about place, I am often drawn to literature and poetry that evokes a particular landscape, city or neighborhood. I love writing that takes setting seriously, treating it with as much respect as any character. Here are five pieces of writing that transported me to another place.

About the Author

Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan is an award-winning Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. She resides in Manhattan. Salt Houses is her first novel.