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Penn State grad publishes first book about finding himself, overcoming obstacles

8/7/2012 —

Alexander Atiyeh (also known as “Dubbilay Syrias”), a Penn State grad who attended the Lehigh Valley campus for two years, has published his first book, The Syrias Life.

The Syrias Life is intended to prove that a struggle is necessary in order to prosper in life. Through visual and metaphorical performance poetry, The Syrias Life combines several events in the life of Dubbilay Syrias to demonstrate how an imbalanced brain functions better than a normal one.

“The whole book is one big metaphor, and I believe the readers will identify the true meanings. It is certainly a book to indulge in and really read in between the lines to extract a deeper message and perhaps to formulate your own message to relate to,” says Syrias.

Syrias began writing in 2005 and graduated from Penn State in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English.  He credits his father for helping him discover his true talent in this area. 

“He was always found participating in open mic sessions and really helped to promote poetry and the spoken word on campus. He encouraged everyone to express themselves through writing and definitely increased the awareness of how powerful words can be,” says Stephanie Friday, assistant director of student affairs at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

The Syrias Life can be purchased on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, as it is only a print-on- demand purchase.  A Kindle version is also available.

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