R252. Muslim Writers Speak Out

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This reading panel boasts of Muslims writers of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, genders and gender expressions, sexualities and backgrounds. Writers on this panel are both practicing and nonpracticing Muslims and their writings employ and exhibit an Islam which embraces a multidimensional approach to Muslim identity and writing. The readings at this panel will expand the audience’s perception of Muslim writings. The writers will also discuss what it means to be a Muslim in America.



Sobia Khan is a member of the English and creative writing faculty at Richland College. She earned her PhD in 2014 from UT Dallas. She has published academic essays, translations, and short stories on the American Muslim experience. She is a VONA fellow in fiction with Junot Diaz. Presently, she is completing her novel.

Hayan Charara, NEA Fellow and University of Houston faculty, is the author of three poetry books, most recently Something Sinister; a children's book; editor of Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry; and a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

Randa Jarrar is the author of the critically acclaimed novel A Map of Home and the short story collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Her essays have appeared in The Sun, Guernica, Oxford American, New York Times Magazine, Utne Reader, and Salon. She is associate professor at Fresno State's MFA program.

Samiya Bashir’s three books of poetry are Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. A magic cat occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salon programs at Reed College.


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