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Dania Ayah Alkhouli
Dania Ayah Alkhouli (a.k.a. Lady Narrator) is a Syrian writer, blogger, poet, editor, and author, born and raised in Southern California. Alkhouli earned her B.A. in Sociology and her M.A. in Public Policy & Administration from Cal State Long Beach. She published her debut book at 19, titled 91 at 19. In 2017 she released her second poetry book, Oceans & Flames, a collection of poetry shedding light on her experience with, and survival of, domestic violence. This year, she released her third collection, Contortionist Tongue, through Moon Tide Press. Her work centers on feminism, mental health, sexuality, identity, culture, religion, her war-torn homeland, Syria, and on grief, loss, and death. In 2012, Alkhouli and her mother co-founded the nonprofit organization, A Country Called Syria, a set of traveling exhibitions and events showcasing the history and culture of their country.