Jessica Abughattas was born and raised in California. Her debut poetry collection, Strip (University of Arkansas Press), won the 2020 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Selected by Fady Joudah and Hayan Charara, “Strip is a captivating debut about desire and dispossession, and that tireless poetic metaphor, the body. Audacious and clear-eyed, plainspoken and brassy, these are songs that break free from confinement,” the series editors said. She is a Kundiman fellow and a graduate of the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing program. Her poetry has won Best of the Net and appeared in Waxwing, The Adroit Journal, and Redivider, among other places.