HAJJAR BABAN

is the author of the chapbooks Relative to Blood (Penmanship Books, 2018) and What I Know of the Mountains (Anhinga Press, 2019). A Pakistan-born Afghan Kurdish poet, she is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she was a member of the First Wave Scholarship Program and a current MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Virginia. She served as the 2017 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate and has received the Charles M. Hart Jr. Writers of Promise Award, George B. Hill Poetry Award, the Ron Wallace Poetry Thesis Prize, and the Matt Clark Editors' Choice Prize in poetry. Hajjar has work appearing in The Offing, Foundry, and Asian American Writers' Workshop, among others. She is a recent Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Pushcart Prize nominee. She spends most of her time avoiding running from herself.   

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