Joumana Altallal is an Iraqi-Lebanese writer who was born in Baghdad and grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her recent work has appeared in the Rumpus, Muzzle Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the Radius of Arab American Writers. You can find Joumana on Twitter @joualt, or by visiting www.joumanaaltallal.com.