Lena Khalaf Tuffaha writes poetry and literary translation. She has had both good and memorable experiences in hair salons across the Arab world. Many of her poems are inspired by crossing borders: cultural, geographic, political, and linguistic; borders between the present and the living past. Her work has appeared in the journalMagnolia, Exit 13 magazine, Al-Ahram weekly, and the Seattle Times. Most recently, three of her poems appear in the June issue of the online poetry journal The Lake, based in the UK. www.thelakepoetry.co.uk. Several of her poems are forthcoming in the online journal Human, www.humanjournal.org, based in Turkey, and in Floating Bridge Review’s Fall 2014 issue. At home with her family in Redmond, Washington, she lets her natural curls grow wild.