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Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Poet essayist and translator Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, essayist, translator and teaching artist. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Nation, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Poetry, among others....

She is the author of three books, Water & Salt (Red Hen), winner of the 2018 Washington State Book Award, Kaan and Her Sisters (Trio House, 2023), and Something About Living, (University of Akron, 2024), winner of the 2022 Akron Prize. Tuffaha was the curator and translator of the 2022 series Poems from Palestine at the Baffler magazine. You can learn more about her work at

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Articles by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Old man walks amid ruins of Gaza with cane in hand, impassive in the face of enormous destruction.
Palestinian News & Information Agency (Wafa) in contract with APAimages via Wikimedia Commons