Marwa Helal

Marwa Helal

Poet | Invasive Species

Marwa Helal is the author of Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019). Helal is the winner of BOMB magazine’s biennial poetry contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn.

Poetry and Process: From Idea to Finished Poem

6221, 6th floor

In an interview for NPR, former US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera describes inspiration as a “great rush of excitement.” “It’s like you’re going to a dance and […] you can’t wait to get on the floor,” he says. When we arrive at a poem as readers, we see it in its polished form. Rarely […]