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Hala Alyan

Acclaimed poet and novelist exploring diaspora and identity themes.

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Carbondale, Illinois, USA

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Why Featured?

Hala Alyan is an award-winning Palestinian American poet and novelist whose work delves deeply into the Palestinian diaspora's identity and the impact of displacement. Her novel "Salt Houses" has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Arab American Book Award, marking significant milestones in her literary career.

Brief bio

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American poet, novelist, and clinical psychologist who has received recognition for her literary work that often reflects on the themes of identity and displacement. She has lived in various places including Kuwait, Oklahoma, Texas, Maine, and Lebanon, enriching her experience of diverse cultures and environments that deeply influence her writing.

Major Milestones


  • Completing her PsyD from Rutgers University.

  • Publication of her debut novel "Salt Houses" (2017) - May 2, 2017.

  • Winning the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

  • Winning the Arab American Book Award.

  • Publication of "The Twenty-Ninth Year" collection of poetry (2019).

  • Contributions to psychological literature through her work as a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma and addiction...See More

  • Her forthcoming novel "The Arsonists' City," which adds to her body of work centering on themes relevant to the Palestinian experience...See More

  • Her extensive body of poetry, recognized with multiple awards, which has been influential in American and Arab-American literary circles...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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