Laura Hamblin received her Ph.D. in creative writing/poetry from the University of Denver. She is a Full Professor at Utah Valley University where she has received awards including the Faculty Ethics Fellow and the Dean’s Faculty Creative Award. Hamblin has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Jordan. Her book of poetry, The Eyes of a Flounder, was published by Signature Books in 2005. She teaches creative writing, women’s literature, the history and theory of the genre of poetry, and topic classes including seminars on Martin Buber and William Blake. From 2007-08 Hamblin lived in Amman, Jordan where she gathered oral histories of Iraqi women refugees.
Hala, a native of Baghdad, is a Fulbright scholar from Columbia University. Her graduate degree is in public health administration. She is the CEO of the NGO Iraq Health Aid, and worked as the primary translator of the Iraqi Women Refugee Oral History Project
Micah West designed and build the website for the Iraqi Women Refugees Oral History project. He hopes to assist in the SEO and social outreach efforts of the project in the future. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Utah Valley University. He works at Big Brainz Inc. developing educational software for elementary and middle school students.
Max Robinson digitized and organized the media content for IraqiWomenRefugees.com. Several years of experience working and managing in the tech support industry has enabled Max to become PcCareSupport’s Director of Fulfillment. His extensive computer knowledge and superb managing skills has enabled the fulfillment departments to become the most productive teams in PcCareSupport history. Max is currently attending Utah Valley University majoring in Information Technology. In his free time, Max enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games, hiking, and playing racquetball.