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Staff Person

Hayan Charara

Honors College Faculty

Email: hcharara@uh.edu
Website: www.hayancharara.com

Hayan Charara is the author of three poetry books, Something Sinister (Carnegie Mellon, 2016), The Sadness of Others (Carnegie Mellon, 2006) and The Alchemist's Diary (Hanging Loose, 2001). He also edited Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry (University of Arkansas, 2008), and his children’s book, The Three Lucys (Lee & Low Books, 2015), received the New Voices Award Honor. He is the recipient of a National Endowment of Arts fellowship, the Lucille Joy Prize for poetry from the University of Houston’s creative writing program, and the Arab American Book Award. He is a founding editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Series, a prize published by the University of Arkansas Press for first and second poetry books by writers of Arab heritage.  He earned his BA in English from Wayne State University, a master's degree from the Center for Experimental Humanities at New York University (formally the Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought), and a PhD from the University of Houston's Literature and Creative Writing Program. He has taught at the university level since 1998.