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Hayan Charara

Honors College Faculty

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

Hayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist and editor. His three poetry books include, "Something Sinister" (Carnegie Mellon, 2016), "The Sadness of Others" (Carnegie Mellon, 2006), and "The Alchemist's Diary" (Hanging Loose, 2001). His children’s book, "The Three Lucys" (Lee & Low Books, 2015), received the New Voices Award Honor. He also edited Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry (University of Arkansas, 2008). 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 bachelor's degree 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 doctorate from the University of Houston's Literature and Creative Writing Program. He has taught at the university level since 1998.