Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. Her work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, the Offing, Poets & Writers, the Recluse, Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. She is the author of Invasive species, and I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN. Helal is the winner of _BOMB _Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, she currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at http://marshelal.com/.