January 08


Looking For Home in the Palestinian Diaspora

In my original plan for Pay No Heed to the Rockets I was going to include a chapter about Palestinian authors in the diaspora. I decided, in the end, to focus on Palestinians still living in historical Palestine. My interest in diaspora writers did not diminish, however, and I am fascinated by what Palestinians living far from Palestine consider to be “home.” To answer this question, I spoke to two Brooklyn-based Palestinian writers, Tala Abu Rahmeh and Hala Alyan. They were kind enough to tell me their families’ stories and what Palestine means to them.

Hazlitt published the story here.


Tala Abu Rahmeh is a Palestinian poet and translator based in New York.


Hala Alyan is a Brooklyn-based poet and novelist.