In her first full-length poetry collection, ATRIUM, Alyan traces lines of global issues in personal spaces with fervently original imagery and a fierce passion and intense intimacy that echoes long after initial reading. She transforms ancient mythology into modern day legend, taps into astrology and love with wild abandon, and anthropomorphizes cities and nations to bring the effects of war into crystal clear, heart-wrenching focus. Alyan was recently tapped as a finalist in the Nazim Himet Poetry Competition. In addition, ATRIUM was awarded to 2013 Arab-American Poetry Book of the Year by the Arab American National Museum. One of the poems included in this volume, “Maktoub,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Already in her young career, she has etched her mark on readers worldwide.