Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Via Redmond, Washington, USA

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, writer and translator. She has lived in and travelled across the Arab world, and many of her poems are inspired by the experience of crossing various borders: cultural, geographic and political; between war and peace; between the present and the living past. Tuffaha translated the screenplay for the award-winning film When I Saw You, written and directed by Annemarie Jacir in 2011. Her work has been published in The Seattle Times and Al Ahram Weekly, as well as in journals including Magnolia, Exit 13, Human and The Lake. She has poems in forthcoming issues of the Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, Floating Bridge Review and the anthology Being Palestinian. Tuffaha graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and is working towards a Masters in Fine Arts at Pacific Lutheran University's Rainier Writers Workshop. She lives in Redmond, Washington with her family.


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