Black Lawrence Press

Poetry Consultations with Hala Alyan

During the month of July, Black Lawrence Press author Hala Alyan is on board to critique poetry manuscripts; and she is accepting everything from individual poems to full-length collections. The fees and parameters for each of these categories is as follows:

  •     Single poems, up to 2 pages in length, $20
  •     Folios of up to 5 poems, not to exceed 7 pages in length, $50
  •     Chapbooks, up to 40 pages in length, $195
  •     Full-length collections, up to 80 pages in length, $325

All manuscripts should be formatted in 12-point font.

The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is July 31. Hala will complete her work and respond to all participants by August 31.

Space in this program is limited, so please be sure to submit your work soon!

Note: Please do not send manuscripts that promote hate speech, are intended to harass or bully a specific person or group of persons, or include glorified sexual violence.

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Statement of Purpose

Poetry intoxicates and absolves—it refashions our narratives, and as a reader, I love to think about how poets utilize memories, inherited trauma and desire to create new work. Poetry serves as a cultural vehicle, a (sometimes literal) translation of past customs, histories and memories. With a background in political science and mental health, I am inevitably drawn to how dislocation, political turmoil, and personal ruptures, rearrange our perceptions of selfhood and imbue our poetry.

I know intimately the power of bearing witness. My approach to reading your work will be one of curiosity and tenderness—paying attention to the rhythm, musicality, meaning and structure of the poetry—while we collaborate on engineering your pieces to their fullest potential. I believe every poem has a heart, and my task will be to help you find that living, beating pulse of your work.

My favorite poems explore the rebuilding of life in exile—from land, from self, from love—and some of my poets I’ve been enjoying recently include Wendy Xu, Terrance Hayes, Sharon Olds, Louise Glück, Danez Smith, Audre Lorde, sam sax, Marwa Helal, Marilyn Chin, Juan Felipe Herrera, Solmaz Sharif, Natalie Diaz, Karyna McGlynn, Ada Limón, Cynthia Cruz, among others.

By Hala Alyan

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Upcoming Consultations

August– Fiction Consultations with Adam Prince, Poetry & Hybrid Consultations with Elizabeth J. Colen

Hala Alyan

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. Her first full-length poetry collection, ATRIUM (Three Rooms Press), was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry. Her collection HIJRA was selected as a winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press. She resides in Manhattan.

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