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Ali Nuri was born in Diwaniyah, Iraq in 1987. In 1990, Saddam Hussein attacked the city in the middle of the night, forcing thousands of Shi'a to make a painful choice: flee the only home they've ever known or face unspeakable torture. Together the families crossed the desert and awaited the processing of their asylum claims within the confines of a refugee camp located in Saudi Arabia. Subject to unsanitary conditions, thousands of people were crowded into a small enclosure without any facilities to accommodate their basic needs, their dignity, and their humanity. After four years, the family's asylum request was granted and they moved to the U.S., residing in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana.
Ali’s family moved from city to city, both nationally and internationally. Being displaced at a young age had left him torn between two cultures that heavily conflicted with each other and feeling as though he didn't belong in his entirety to one or the other. During his teenage years, he started writing as a challenge to overcome his dyslexia and struggles with bilingualism, joining supportive online communities to connect with other writers and hone the voice he had spent his childhood silencing. Ali Nuri is an Iraqi American poet and the author of the poetry collection Rain and Embers (2019). He holds a B.A. in urban planning from Edinboro University.
His work has been featured in several articles and reviews, including Tweetspeak Poetry, Scriptable, the Erie Reader, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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Prince A. McNally
Brooklyn, New York
Prince was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a rising voice on the NYC poetry scene, whose work focuses primarily on the human condition and social injustice. His poems have appeared in TUCK Magazine, The Blue Mountain Review, Leaves of Ink, Creative Talents Unleashed (Featured Writer), and in the anthologies Fire and Ice: An Anthology of Collaborations, The World Poets Open Mic: 2016 Anthology, BEAT-itude: National Beat Poetry Festival 10 Year Anthology, and We Are BEAT: National Beat Poetry Foundation Anthology. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry.
Kansas City native Arwen Morales has been writing and reciting poetry for over 20 years. Her passion for poetry was ignited by her mother Janie Harris and has been a means to create and relate to her community. Driven by the need to encourage and empower others to find their own voice, she often shares work that is created out of processing the experiences of life in Spirit, in love, and in her career as a correctional Sergeant for the Department of Corrections. Arwen' s work is authentic, raw and speaks to our common Humanity. She inspires and encourages others to find and share their own truths.
German American Poet/Educator
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