HEDY HABRA was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She has authored Under Brushstrokes, finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award and the International Book Award for Poetry, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Book Award for Poetry. Her story collection, Flying Carpets, won the 2013 Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award and the USA Best Book Award. Her book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (2012), explores the visual and interartistic elements in the Peruvian Nobel’s fiction. Habra holds a B.S. in Pharmacy. She earned an M.A. and an M.F.A. in English and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish literature, all from Western Michigan University where she has been teaching. A recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, she won Honorable Mention from Tiferet and was finalist for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Award. A fourteen-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the net, her multilingual work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Bitter Oleander, Cimarron Review, Connotation Press, Cutthroat, Diode, Drunken Boat, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gargoyle, Letras Femeninas, Mizna, New York Quarterly, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Pirene’s Fountain, Solstice, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily and World Literature Today. Her website is www.hedyhabra.com.