Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American poet of Palestinian, Syrian, and Jordanian heritage. Her first book of poems, Water & Salt (Red Hen, 2017), won the 2018 Washington State Book Award and received an honorable mention from the Arab American Book Awards. Her chapbook, Arab in Newsland, won the 2016 Two Sylvias Press Prize. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and have been published in journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, and Waxwing. Tuffaha is a recipient of a Hedgebrook fellowship and has served as the inaugural Poet-In-Residence at Open Books: A Poem Emporium in Seattle. You can learn more about her writing at www.lenakhalaftuffaha.com