On the morning of September 11, 2001, from the shoreline of the Jersey City neighborhood where I lived, I watched the World Trade Center buildings collapse and engulf the streets below in billowing clouds of debris. “My student Mohammed noticed, while the two men approached him, that others in the observatory were staring. Soon the… [Read More]
Hayan Charara is the author of two poetry books, The Alchemist's Diary, named a Publishers Weekly "Notable Debut," and The Sadness of Others, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He also edited Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry. He is a recent fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts and a recipient of the Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry from the University of Houston. He teaches at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.