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Joumana Altallal

Joumana Altallal was born in Baghdad to Iraqi and Lebanese parents. She is currently a first-year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Michigan. She works with Citywide Poets to lead an after-school poetry program for high school students in Metro Detroit. Her work appears in the Virginia Literary Review, Mikrokosmos, and Poets Reading the News, among others.

Palestine in Queer Time: A Review of George Abraham’s The Specimen’s Apology

George Abraham’s new chapbook The Specimen’s Apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) accomplishes the painfully vital and often deeply violent work of imagining. In claiming two identities made systematically invisible (Palestinian, and queer), Abraham weaves us into worlds from which we are desperate to escape. Much like Elizabeth in the referenced video game Bioshock: Infinite, the Palestinian/queer …

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