Maya Abu Al-Hayyat

Maya Abu Al-Hayyat is the author of four poetry collections, four novels, and several books for children. Her writing has been translated into English, French, German, Swedish, and Korean. She is the editor of The Book of Ramallah (Comma Press, 2021) and director of the Palestine Writing Workshop in Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine. She currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband and children. Her selected poems from 2006 to 2021, You Can Be the Last Leaf, are forthcoming from Milkweed Books in 2022, translated by Fady Joudah.

3 Maya Abu Al-Hayyat Translations

Penniless Penniless I live at a checkpoint, trifles make me happy, like when a whole day passes without me seeing a single soldier, his bored yawning. There I write my new novel about the butcher who wanted to be a …

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