Youmna Chlala is a writer and an artist born in Beirut and currently based in New York. She is the founding editor of Eleven Eleven Journal of Literature and Art. She is a recipient of the 2009 Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was nominated for a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in the MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies, XCP: Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics, Arab and Arab American Feminisms, and for the NPR Project for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She has received residencies at Hedgebrook, Headlands Center for the Arts, CAMAC: Center for Art and Technology, Can Serrat, as well as a Walker Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.