Marwa Helal


Marwa Helal is the author of Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019) and winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest.

Her work appears in Apogee; Hyperallergic; Boston Review; Poets&Writers; Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. She is also the author of the chapbook I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, 2017) and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem.

Her work is published in the following anthologies: Bettering American Poetry, Volumes Two and Three; Best American Experimental Writing 2018; Brooklyn Poets Anthology; Halal If You Hear Me; and BreakBeat Poets: Black Girl Magic. She is the editor of The Poetry Project’s Newsletter.

Helal has presented her work at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Studio Museum in Harlem and Brooklyn Museum. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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