Hedy Habra has published essays in refereed journals on the work of a variety of Spanish and Latin American poets, novelists and playwrights. Her main area of interest is the narrative of the Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, to whom she has dedicated a number of studies. She writes poetry in French, English and Spanish. While Arabic and French are her first languages, her poetry was primarily written in English since she moved to Michigan.
Hedy Habra has published a collection of short stories, Flying Carpets (Interlink 2013), Winner of the 2013 Arab American Book Award’s Honorable Mention for Fiction, and Finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Books Award. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Tea in Heliopolis (Press 53 2013), winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Book Award in Poetry, and more recently, Under Brushstrokes (Press 53 2015). Her book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (Iberoamericana Vervuert 2012) explores the function of the visual in the creation of subworlds in the narrative of the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Prize recipient.