Aida Nasrallah is the pen name of Mahagna Nassra, a Palestinian-Israeli writer, poet, performance artist, art historian and critic, and lecturer at Beit Berl University. Nasrallah received an MA degree through the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her work focuses on women's roles as peacebuilders and artists, and she has published over 100 short stories, poems and a novel entitled, My Dear Beyond the Ocean. Her play, The Moaning of Rosary was produced as a reading by the Portland Stage Company and the theatre department at Iowa University in 2001, and it was later staged at the New York Theatre Workshop. She lectures on topics such as peacemaking, Arabic culture, using the arts in teaching, and women's roles in art and society.