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Author of "Our Earliest Tattoos" ≡ Winner of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize

A first generation Arab-American whose roots reach back to the small town of Madaba, Jordan, Peter Twal is the author of Our Earliest Tattoos, selected by Fady Joudah and Hayan Charara as the winner of the 2018 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize (University of Arkansas Press, 2018).

Peter was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. In 2010, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University, and after a few years of working in New Orleans where he was a Systems Engineer programming a vessel controls software called Dynamic Positioning, he went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame in 2014.

Since then, his poems have appeared in magazines such as The Believer, Best New Poets, Kenyon Review Online, West Branch Wired, Ninth Letter Online, Berkeley Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Quarterly West, cream city review, The Journal, Devil’s Lake, Crab Creek Review, Third Coast, RHINO, Booth, Yemassee, New Delta Review, Forklift, Ohio, DIAGRAM, Tinderbox Poetry Journal,  Bat City Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere.

Currently, Peter lives and works as an Electrical Engineer in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Erin, a professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is thirty-one years old.


Photo Credit: Nicole Cromer

Photo Credit: Nicole Cromer