About

RAWI is the only national organization that provides mentoring, community, and support for Arab-American writers. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) literary organization dedicated to supporting and disseminating creative writing and scholarly writing by Arab-Americans.

We put on a conference featuring readings, panels, workshops, and roundtables every other year. 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 and admirers) into the same space so we can engage in various dialogues otherwise unavailable to us.

Who Are RAWI’s Members?

Members of RAWI include Naomi Shihab Nye, Lawrence Joseph, Suheir Hammad, Laila Lalami, Randa Jarrar, Khaled Mattawa, Mohja Kahf, Fady Joudah, Etel Adnan, Steven Salaita,  Sam Hazo, Rabih Alameddine, Elmaz Abinader, and many more.

RAWI’s members have been featured in Salon, The Huffington Post, NPR, Guernica, PMLA (the journal of the Modern Language Association), and elsewhere. Our members have also been recognized by the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim, and the National Endowment for the Arts, The MacArthur Prize, as well as many state and regional arts associations and councils.