Poetry Book Celebration! “You Can Be the Last Leaf" by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat

Virtual Book Celebration!

“You Can Be the Last Leaf: Selected Poems” by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat, director of the Palestine Writing Workshop.

Poetry Readings and Conversation with Maya Abu Al-Hayyat & Special Guest Deema Shehabi

Maya Abu Al-Hayyat directs the Palestine Writing Workshop, an institution that encourages reading in Palestinian communities through creative writing projects and storytelling with children and teachers.

Maya has published four collections of poems, four novels, and numerous children’s stories, including The Blue Pool of Questions. She contributed to and wrote a foreword for A Bird Is Not a Stone: An Anthology of Contemporary Palestinian Poetry, and she is an editor of The Book of Ramallah. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Cordite Poetry Review, The Guardian, and Literary Hub; she lives in Jerusalem and works in Ramallah.

Deema K. Shehabi is the author of Thirteen Departures From the Moon and co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here , for which she received the Northern California Book Award's NCBR Recognition Award. She co-authored Diaspo/Renga with Marilyn Hacker and won the 2018 Nazim Hikmet poetry competition . Her work has also appeared in Literary Imagination, the Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, Poetry London, and Crab Orchard, and has been translated into French, Farsi, and Arabic; she has been nominated for the Pushcart prize several times.