LARA EL MEKAUI is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Waterloo. She studies the complicated connotations behind being a part of the world: her dissertation explores the traumas of forced migration and issues of belonging in Black and Palestinian Diaspora Contemporary Transnational Fiction respectively. Lara is the non-fiction editor at the Ex-Puritan. Her writing has been published in Event Magazine, Annahar English, Beirut Today, and Home Magazine.

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