Hajjar Baban is the 2017 Detroit Youth Poet Laureate and a First Wave Scholar at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is a Pakistan-born, Afghan-Kurdish writer and has recently performed at The Poetry Foundation in Chicago and the Gracie Mansion in New York City. Her debut collection of poems, Relative to Blood
, is forthcoming from Penmanship Books. She spends most of her time avoiding running from herself.