Book Launch: Atrium, by Hala Alyan

Thu, October 25, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Doors open at 6:30pm

Atrium (2012, Three Rooms Press) is a phenomenal collection of poems by an inspired and original emerging poetic voice. Hala Alyan's deeply passionate and engaging writing blurs the line between global issues and personal spaces. Atrium, her latest work, is formidable in it's irreverence, erudition, and humor.

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Hala Alyan is a Palestinian-American poet. Currently, she resides in Brooklyn, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in the field of psychology.Her poetry has appeared in several journals, including Eclectica, The Dirty Napkin, and The Journal. Hala was one of the ten winners of the 2012 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival Competition, held in North Carolina. Atrium was published by Three Rooms Press in May.

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her poetry and essays have appeared in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, including her most recent publications in Spaces Between Us (Third World Press), and She Walks in Beauty (Hyperion). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004, and 2008. Crowned, her debut collection of poems was published by Sawyer House Press in 2010.


"Hala Alyan’s poems startle us with their beautiful, enigmatic images and capture us with their passionate engagement with the world. a powerful debut." — Chitra Divakaruni, author of Leaving Yuba City and One Amazing Thing

"Hala Alyan’s poems go after the sensual, to find the erotics in displacement, in memory, in the new land." — Illya Kaminsky, winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award

“Atrium is, in fact, a formidable volume: irreverent, clever, hyper-erudite and laugh-out-loud funny, with moments of arresting darkness and disturbing intensity to boot. . . Fierce originality, feeling and flair.” — Alex Rowell, NOW Lebanon

Read the rull NOW Lebanon review here.

Last updated: 2012-10-09 14:10:42

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