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Leila Abdelrazaq is a Chicago-born, Palestinian author and artist. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards. She is also the creator of a number of zines and short comix.
Elmaz Abinader is a poet, performer, and English professor at Mills College and co-founder of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA). In 2000, she received the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award for her poetry collection In the Country of My Dreams. Her first book, Children of the Roojme: A Family’s Journey from Lebanon, was the first Arab-American memoir published by a major US press.
Stephanie Abraham was part of the editorial collective who founded the feminist magazine Make/shift and is a frequent contributor to Bitch. Her master’s thesis,“Hollywood’s Harem Housewife: Orientalism in I Dream of Jeannie,” is part of the Jack G. Shaheen Archive at New York University.
Sarah Alaoui is a PhD candidate in Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Her focus areas include public diplomacy and storytelling, and how Arab communities can shape their narratives in the West. As a board member of the Washington, DC chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals, she organizes a regular creative writing workshop in the DMV area
Charlotte Karem Albrecht is a creative writer and poet, board chair of Mizna, and assistant professor at University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. She combines creative writing with historical methods to understand how gender, sexuality, race, and class operated in the early Arab American diaspora.
Ali A. Alhajji is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at Ohio State and a Lecturer at King Saud University. He is currently working on a dissertation project exploring the relationship between cross-cultural communication and reliability in contemporary Anglophone Arab writing.
Lauren Alwan‘s fiction and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, Alaska Quarterly Review, StoryQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review The NW Rev of Books, Catapult, The Millions, and the Southern Review. She is a prose editor at the museum of americana, and a staff contributor at LitStack.
Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner and Guernica, among others. She is the author of three collections of poetry, the first of which, ATRIUM (Three Rooms Press), was selected for the Arab American Book Award. The second, FOUR CITIES, was published by Black Lawrence Press, and the most recent, HIJRA (Southern Illinois University Press), was selected as a winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, SALT HOUSES, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this year.
Andrea Assaf is a playwright, poet, performer, theater director and cultural organizer. She’s the founding Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc. Awards include: 2011 NPN Creation Fund Commission, 2010 Princess Grace Award for Directing, 2007 Hedgebrook residency for “women authoring change,” and a 2004 Cultural Contact grant (U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture).
Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet and the author of Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2017), which won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and her work has appeared in New Republic, The Missouri Review Poem of the Week, BOAAT Journal, CALYX, Diode, and elsewhere. She won a 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Leila Awadallah is a Palestinian-American dancer and choreographer. She is pursuing a BFA in Dance with a minor in Arab Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her work researches how dance performance can work to break down, and rewrite mainstream narratives.
Barbara Nimri Aziz is the founder of RAWI, and since 1989, has featured Arab writers from across the USA and abroad on her weekly program TAHRIR. Her writings have appeared in several newspapers, magazines and anthologies.
Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of, among other works, the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. His new book is This Muslim-American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (NYU Press). He lives in Brooklyn.
Debra Beilke is a Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Concordia University-St. Paul, where she teaches writing, Introduction to Literature, American Literature, and World Literature. Her research interests include Arab and Arab-American literature.
Leila Ben-Nasr is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English department at The Ohio State University. Her current dissertation project is titled “The Narrative Space of Childhood in 21st Century Anglophone Arab Literature in the Diaspora.
Ramla Bile is a Minneapolis-based writer. She often writes about racial justice, motherhood, Muslim-American experiences, and issues impacting Somalis in Minnesota. To pay the bills, she operates a communications and strategic development firm called Qalam Consulting (www.QalamConsulting.com) that helps local nonprofits, foundations, and small businesses amplify their impact.
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is the author of Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking and South Bronx Breathing Lessons; and editor of an international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Awarded 12 artist residencies, his work appears in 180 publications in 21 nations in the Américas, Africa, Arab world, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific.
Leila Buck is a writer, performer, and teaching artist working in the U.S., Australia, Europe, and Arab world. Her plays, In the Crossing and Hkeelee, have been performed at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Lark Play Development Center, Chautauqua Institution, Brooklyn Museum, and others. Her work appears in Etching Our Own Image and Four Arab American Plays.
Lauren Camp won the Dorset Prize for her third collection, One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016), which explores her father’s childhood in Baghdad. She lives in New Mexico.
Hayan Charara is the author of three poetry books, The Alchemist’s Diary (2001), The Sadness of Others (2006) and Something Sinister (2016). He edited Inclined to Speak (2008), an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry, and his children’s book, The Three Lucys (2014), won the New Voices Award Honor. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, he teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston.
Marguerite Dabaie is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist most known for The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, was a comic autobiography about Palestinian Americans. Her comic in progress, A Voyage to Panjikant, is historical fiction about the Silk Road.
Susan Muaddi Darraj is the author of two short story collections, The Inheritance of Exile and A Curious Land, which won the Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction. She teaches in the Johns Hopkins MA in Creative Writing program.
Carol Fadda-Conrey is Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse University. Her essays on gender, race, ethnicity, war trauma, and transnational citizenship in Arab and Arab-American literary texts have appeared in a variety of journals and edited collections. She is the author of Contemporary Arab American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Home and Belonging (New York University Press, 2014).
Laila Farah is a Lebanese-American feminist performer-scholar and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Depaul University. She has toured presenting her one-woman show, “Living in the Hyphen-Nation.” She is active in organizations including the National Women’s Studies Association, the Arab American Action Network, and the International Oral History Organization.
Nouri Gana has contributed op-eds to The Guardian, El Pais, The Electronic Intifada, Jadaliyya and CounterPunch, and is the author ofS ignifying Loss: Toward a Poetics of Narrative Mourning (Bucknell UP, 2011), and the editor of The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects and of The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English (Edinburgh UP, 2013).
Nancy El Gendy is a doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Oklahoma. El Gendy is finishing her PhD dissertation, “The Muslim Female Body in Twenty-First Century Arab American Discourse by Women,” where she is exploring various ways in which contemporary Arab American women writers deal with the social construction of dominant cultural mythologies and ideologies associated with the Muslim female body.
Mohannad Ghawanmeh is a multi-practitioner of the cinema whose scholarship encompasses Arab cinema, early/silent cinema, nationalism/transnationalism, media convergence, and censure/censorship. A recipient of the Teshome Gabriel Award and the Otis Fergusson Award in Critical Writing, Mohannad’s dissertation investigates the political economy of Egyptian silent cinema.
Adam Hamze is a first-generation Arab-American poet and journalist at the University of Texas at Austin, studying international relations and global studies. His work centers on diaspora, survival, and ancestry.
Hedy Habra is the author of a poetry collection, Tea in Heliopolis, finalist for the 2014 International Poetry Book Award, a short story collection, Flying Carpets, winner of the 2013 Arab American Book Award’s Honorable Mention in Fiction and finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her multilingual work appears in more than forty journals and thirteen anthologies, including Blue Five Notebook, Nimrod, Drunken Boat, and Diode.
Kathryn Haddad is the founder of Mizna. A Playwright’s Center and Archibald Bush Leadership Fellow, and Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and Minnesota State Arts Board Grantee, her plays, With Love from Ramallah and Zafira the Olive Oil Warrior, have been presented in Minneapolis, New York, and San Francisco.
Abdelouahab Hammoudi is a writer, screenwriter and filmmaker.
Shadab Zeest Hashmi‘s Baker of Tarifa won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her Pushcart Prize nominated poems have been translated into Spanish and Urdu. She is the winner of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize and her work has appeared in Poetry International, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, The Cortland Review, The Adirondack Review, Atlanta Review, RHINO, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, Spillway, and is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Drunken Boat, among other journals. She is a guest columnist for 3 Quarks Daily. Kohl and Chalk is her new book of poems.
Sally Howell is Assistant Professor of History in the Center for Arab American Studies and the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is the author of Old Islam in Detroit: Reimagining the Muslim American Past, due July 2014 from Oxford University Press. Her previous books include the co-authored Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11 (2009, Russell Sage Foundation Press) and the edited volume, Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade (2011, Wayne State University Press). Her essays have appeared in numerous edited volumes and in Anthropological Quarterly, Diaspora, Food and Foodways, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, and Visual Anthropology.
Amir Hussain is a Minneapolis-based poet, writing at the crossroads of natural and social environments. His poems have appeared in various literary journals, including Fugue, Mizna, Water~Stone Review, Midway, and Faultline. His poem “Anhinga” was winner of the annual poetry contest at Big Cypress National Preserve. He was awarded the Loft Literary Center’s Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant in 2014.
Happy/L.A. Hyder is a visual artist celebrating 45 years in photography & a published writer. In 2009, she scripted Bareed Mista3jil into a staged reading, since presented in the San Francisco bay area, Istanbul & Amman. This scripting, along with meeting members of Meem, the feminist group that produced the book, led to her first visit to Lebanon in 2010. She often talks about the iconic nature of photographs from ancestors, her responses to that visit, & her desire to return to Lebanon.
Darine Hotait is an American Lebanese writer, film director and the founder of Cinephilia in New York City. Her work focuses on bridging literature and cinema and giving predominance to the science fiction genre.
Randa Jarrar is the author of the novel, A MAP OF HOME, and the forthcoming collection, HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI
Amira Jarmakani is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. She is the author of Imagining Arab Womanhood: The Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers in the U.S. (Palgrave Macmillan 2008), which won the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize. Her work has appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, American Quarterly, andCritical Arts: A South-North Journal for Cultural and Media Studies, Arabs in the Americas,Arab and Arab American Feminisms, and Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. She has a forthcoming book with NYU press, titled Romancing the War on Terror: Mapping U.S. Imperial Desires in Desert Romances.
Kim Jensen (ww.kimjensen.org) is a writer, poet, and educator, whose books include, TheWoman I Left Behind, Bread Alone, and The Only Thing that Matters. Her writings have appeared in many journals and anthologies and her recent doctoral dissertation includes a new novel called Forget Jerusalem. Active in the peace and justice movement for many years, Kim is associate professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County and the founding director of the Community Book Connection, an interdisciplinary literacy initiative.
Fady Joudah received the Yale Series for Younger Poets prize, the Griffin International Poetry award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent poetry collections are Alight and Textu.
Jacob Kader has experience writing, directing, and producing film, video, and theater. Food and Fadwa, his off-Broadway debut as co-author, premiered at New York Theater Workshop in 2012. He is currently developing work for stage and screen. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.
Poet (E-mails from Scheherazad, 2003) and novelist (The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, 2006),Mohja Kahf was just promoted to full professor at the University of Arkansas, where she has taught comparative literature and Middle East Studies since 1995, including a course in Arab American Literature. A signatory to the U.S. Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Kahf has marched against the U.S. war on Iraq, and won a Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction in 2010. Kahf’s activism in the Syrian Revolution has focused on nonviolence, nonsectarianism, noninterventionism, prisoners of conscience, and women.
Nahid Khan is a Ph.D candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, minoring also in Religious Studies and Museum Studies. She is the longest serving board member of Mizna, and her poetry and prose has been published in the Mizna journal. She also is a Collection in Focus Guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and is active in area interfaith dialogue activities. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, she was a staff writer at the Moscow (Idaho) – Pullman (Washington) Daily News.
Taous Claire Khazem has toured her one woman play “Tizi Ouzou” to Portland, Seattle, Bemidji, Ann Arbor, and Washington D. C. In the Twin Cities she has performed with Theatre Unbound, Pangea World Theater, Interact Center, Off Leash Area, Frank Theatre, and Savage Umbrella. She is a teaching artist with SteppingStone Theatre, Children’s Theatre and COMPAS. Taous holds a certificate from the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France and a B.A. from Macalester College.
Jamil Khoury is the Founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s Silk Road Rising. A theatre producer, essayist, playwright, and film maker, Jamil’s work focuses on Middle Eastern themes and questions of Diaspora. He is particularly interested in the intersections of culture, national identity, citizenship, and class. Jamil is the 2013 recipient of the Actor’s Equity Association’s Kathryn V. Lamkey Award for promoting diversity and inclusion in theatre, and the 2010 recipient of the 3Arts Artist Award for Playwriting.
Zahie El Kouri’s work has appeared in Mizna, Dinarzad’s Children: an Anthology of Arab-American literature, Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities, Memoir Journal, and Brain, Child: the Magazine for Thinking Mothers. She has a J.D. from Cornell Law School and an MFA from New School University.
Hiba Krisht is a writer, editor, and translator from Beirut. Her work appears in The Kenyon Review, Blackbird, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Mizna, among other journals. She is a recipient of the 2016 Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize from VCU/Blackbird, the 2013 JoAnn Athanas Memorial Award in literature from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the 2012 Jane Foulkes Malone Fellowship in fiction writing from Indiana University. She has also served as Founding Fiction Editor for Rusted Radishes Beirut Literary and Art Journal and Associate Fiction Editor of the Indiana Review.
Tammy Lakkis is a writer, artist, and musician based in the Detroit area. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied English with a sub-concentration in creative writing.
Jameelah Lang is an Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin College. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Houston, where she served as Senior Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast and co-organizer for Poison Pen Reading Series. Her fiction appears in The Kenyon Review and Pleiades, and she has received awards and fellowships in support of her work from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, VCCA, and the Hub City Writers Project.
Jennifer Zeynab Maccani is a Syrian American writer and a member of RAWI. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, The Normal School, and elsewhere.
Jason Makansi’s fiction has appeared in Mizna, Dos Passos Review, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley (Southeast Missouri State University), and Marginalia (Western State College of Colorado). He is the author of three non-fiction books, as well as numerous essays and articles. From 1981 to 2000, he was an editor for a McGraw-Hill publication, serving for several years as Editor in Chief. He is the co-founder of Blank Slate Press.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine) and My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta). New poems have appeared recently in Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, The Baffler, and Poetry. His work has been anthologized in American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans (Dalkey Archive) and in the forthcoming Best America Experimental Poetry(Omnidawn), among others. Matuk serves as a contributing editor to The Volta and as poetry editor for Fence. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona.
Phil Metres is the author of numerous books, including Sand Opera (Alice James forthcoming 2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2014), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), and To See the Earth (2008). He is a two-time recipient of the NEA and the Arab American Book Award, and is a Creative Workforce Fellow in 2014, thanks to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. He is professor of English at John Carroll University.
Janine Mogannam is a writer and librarian from San Francisco. She is a fellow of the VONA and Interdisciplinary Writers’ Lab workshops, and has performed with Still Here San Francisco. Her work has been published in several journals and anthologies, including Kweli, Eleven Eleven, and Writing the Walls Down, and she has been selected as a featured poet by Nomadic Ground Coffee.
Jehan Mullin is a visual and interdisciplinary anthropologist, writer and educator currently pursuing her PhD at Purdue University.
Sahar Mustafah is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a richly complex inheritance she explores in her fiction. Her debut, prize-winning collection CODE OF THE WEST is now out. Her short stories have been awarded the Guild Literary Complex Prize for fiction, a Distinguished Story honor by Best American Short Stories 2016, and a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She is co-founder of Bird’s Thumb and has been teaching for over twenty years in Illinois.
Michael Malek Najjar is an assistant professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. Malek directed the world premiere of Jamil Khoury’s Precious Stones for Silk Road Rising and he is the author of Arab American Drama, Film and Performance: A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present and editor of Four Arab American Plays: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, and Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kaderpublished by McFarland.
Shannon O’Neill is a writer whose fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Asian American Literary Review (AALR) and Mizna among others. She earned her MFA in Fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University and has an MA in Film Studies from the University College Dublin, Ireland
Dina Omar is a writer and Yale University medical anthropology Ph.D. student examining the development of mental health institutions and regimes in the Arab world. A founding member of Students for Justice in Palestine–National, and Student Teacher Poet with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Program at the University of California, Berkeley, she has facilitated and taught English and writing in prisons, high schools, and universities. Her work appears in Jadaliyya, Al-Shabaka, Warscapes, The Believer, Mizna, and Yellow Medicine Review.
Therí Pickens researches Arab American and African American literatures and cultures, Disability Studies, philosophy, and literary theory. Her book manuscript, New Body Politics: Narrating Arab and Black Identity in the Contemporary United States (Routledge, 2014) asks: How does a story about embodied experience transform from mere anecdote to social and political critique? Her critical work has also appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly,MELUS, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Al-Jadid, Al-Raida, the ground-breaking collection, Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions, and the critical volume, Defying the Global Language: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies (Teneo Ltd).
Micaela Kaibni Raen is a Palestinian American lesbian writer and parent whose work explores cultural, socioeconomic, feminist, and queer themes. A community organizer and LGBT and HIV+ communities advocate, she works to increase equality, peace, and positive social change. Her work appears in Bint el Nas; Mizna; Tagg Magazine; Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought; A Different Path: An Anthology of the Radius of Arab American Writer; and The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology.
Nikki A. Sambitsky is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing, specifically focusing on lyric/fragment essay (creative nonfiction) in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA creative writing program. Mrs. Sambitsky holds a BA in journalism from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently working on her collection of lyric/fragment essays, which center on her family, her husband, and two autistic children. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Helix, Gravel Magazine, and West Hartford Magazine.
Andrea Shaker is a professor of art at the College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University. She earned a BA from Georgetown University and a MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in a small New England town and is the granddaughter of Lebanese immigrants. As an Arab American, her work is informed by a tension between a lived understanding of home and an imagined sense of ancestral homeland.
Karim Shamsi-Basha is a journalist living in Birmingham Alabama. He just finished his novel, Cactus Pear, about a Muslim boy in love with a Christian girl in war-torn Syria. His blog, arabinalabama.com can be found on the Huffington Post.
Deema K. Shehabi is the author of “Thirteen Departures from the Moon” (Press 53), co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” (PM Press), and co-author with Marilyn Hacker of “DiaspoRenga” (June 2014).She is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award’s NCBR Recognition Award for Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.
Mejdulene Shomali is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan. She received her master’s degree in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University and her bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from The University of Michigan, Flint. Her work has appeared in various journals, including The Feminist Wire, Arab Studies Quarterly, Social Justice, and Mizna.
Khaldoun Samman is an associate professor of sociology at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He teaches courses on U.S. domestic and international issues concerning class, racial, gender, and global systems of power and resistance. His most recent book is entitled The Clash of Modernities: The Islamist Challenge to Jewish, Turkish, and Arab Nationalism.
Glenn Shaheen is the author of the poetry collections Predatory and Energy Corridor (both from University of Pittsburgh Press), and the flash fiction chapbook Unchecked Savagery (Ricochet Editions).
Jna Shelomith is a New York City transplant to the Midwest with deeproots in Morocco. Collective member of Mizna’s writing group for manyyears, she pays the bills by being an “oppression janitor” doing social justice work for local government.
Priscilla Wathington is a Palestinian American poet, mother and freelance editor, currently working with Defense for Children International-Palestine. Her work has previously appeared in Rosebud Magazine, The Baltimore Review and is forthcoming in Mizna. She lives in San Francisco where she is a member of Poets Across the Bay.
Sara Yasin is a Palestinian-American journalist. When she’s not yelling about her various hyphenated identifies online, she works for BuzzFeed News as a News Curation Editor.
Kamelya Youssef is a poet, teacher, and organizer. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she is currently an M.A. candidate in English at Wayne State University in Detroit.