Hayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist, and editor. His poetry books are Something Sinister, The Sadness of Others, and The Alchemist’s Diary. His children’s book, The Three Lucys, received the New Voices Award Honor, and he edited Inclined to Speak, an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry. With Fady Joudah, he is also a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. His honors include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry, and the John Clare Prize. Born in Detroit to Lebanese immigrants (his father a tailor, his mother a schoolteacher), at 21 he moved to New York City where he eventually began teaching at colleges and universities, including Queens College and the City University of New York. In 2003, he moved to Texas, and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Trinity University, and Our Lady of the Lake University. He now teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston.
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