James Hanna was born and raised in the north of Iraq. He relocated to the United States in 2019. James has been fascinated with poetry since he was a little kid. He wrote his first poem for his first girlfriend when he was 12 years old, in the Assyrian language, and later in Arabic and Kurdish. He always made sure his words rhymed, creating beautiful art that told stories of his life. Additionally, he quickly learned English using a specific technique: he transformed the most common English words into poetic form to aid in memorizing their meanings.