Hanan Issa is a Welsh-Iraqi poet and writer. Her debut poetry pamphlet My Body Can House Two Hearts was published by Burning Eye Books in 2019. Her monologue, With Her Back Straight, was performed as part of at Bush Theatre’s Hijabi Monologues London in 2017, and her work has been published in several publications including Banat Collective, Wales Arts Review, Sukoon Magazine, Poetry Wales, Y Stamp, sister-hood magazine and MuslimGirl.com. She is the co-founder of Wales’ first BAME open mic series Where I’m Coming From, and in 2018-2019 she was selected as one of the Hay Festival’s Writers at Work.
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