Welcome to RAWI

Established in 1993, RAWI is a national organization that provides mentoring, community, and support for Arab American writers and those with roots in the Arabic speaking world and the diaspora. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) literary organization dedicated to supporting and disseminating creative writing and scholarly writing by Arab Americans and those from the Arabic speaking world–which often means creating space and highlighting voices and people threatened by erasure.

RAWI is committed to a hospitality that comes from a belief that our bayt is large. We are committed to creating a safe community space that opposes empire, white supremacy, racism, zionism, patriarchy, homophobia, and all repressive ideologies that diminish the great breadth of human and creaturely being. We are committed to nurturing writers to create works that aim for our liberation, resisting the Orientalizing impulses of American and Western political and literary culture.

We put on a conference featuring readings, panels, workshops, and roundtables every other year that emphasize inclusivity. Despite the fact that Arab American voices continue to become more prominent, opportunities for us to share our experiences and insights, as well as to discuss the trajectory of Arab American literature, is limited. Therefore, RAWI’s biennial gathering provides a rare opportunity to bring a large number of Arab -American writers, artists, and scholars (and their readers, allies, and admirers) into the same space so we can engage in various dialogues otherwise unavailable to us.

2019 Workshops:


SCHOOL IS IN SESSION. Join the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) for a five-day intensive workshop for self-identified Arab Americans taking place the week of August 12 – 16, 2019 in Los Angeles. Workshop participants will study with Marwa Helal (poetry), Darine Hotait (screenwriting), and Randa Jarrar (fiction/nonfiction), with daily sessions from guest writers, editors, and performers. The workshop will culminate with a public reading on the evening of Friday, August 16.

Tuition for the workshop is FREE. Fellowships available.

To apply for the 2019 WET HOT ARAB AMERICAN SUMMER workshop, visit this link. Apply by June 12.

Questions? Email radiusofarabamericanwriters@gmail.com

Made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation.