Youmna Chlala is the author of the poetry collection The Paper Camera (Litmus Press, 2019). She is the recipient of a 2018 O. Henry Award and a Joseph Henry Jackson Award. Her writing appears in BOMB, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Bespoke, Aster(ix), CURA, and MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies. She is co-editing a new series for Coffee House Press entitled Spatial Species.
Youmna has exhibited her artwork at the Hayward Gallery, The Drawing Center, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Dubai Art Projects, Hessel Museum of Art, and MAK Center for Art and Architecture. She participated in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, 7th LIAF Biennial in Norway, and 11th Performa Biennial. Youmna is the co-director of the Mutating Cities Institute and a Professor in the Humanities & Media Studies and Writing departments at the Pratt Institute.