R279. Hometown Nocturnes: A Reading by Arab American Writers

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Five award-winning Arab American writers will present rich, multilayered poems and essays. This is an engaging and electric intergenerational reading from texts as varied as chapbooks, spoken word, Buzzfeed essays, and poetry collections. The writers explore topics such as the pain of diasporic existence; the political undercurrent of everyday life; and cultural taboos of sexuality and death.

Leila Chatti is the author of the chapbook Tunsiya/Amrikiya. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, New England Review, The Georgia Review, and Narrative.

George Abraham is a Palestinian American poet, activist, and PhD candidate at Harvard. He is the author of two chapbooks: al youm (The Atlas Review, 2017), and the specimen's apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, forthcoming). His poetry has appeared in Vinyl, Anomaly, Kweli, Hawai’i Review, and Nepantla.

Zaina Arafat's stories and essays have appeared in Granta, The Iowa Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vice, BuzzFeed, and NPR, among other places. She holds an MFA from Iowa and a master's from Columbia. She teaches writing in New York, and she is working on two books.

Hazem Fahmy is a poet, playwright, and critic from Cairo. He is an honors graduate of Wesleyan University's College of Letters where his senior thesis play, Barzakh, received high honors. His poetry has been recognized by a Best of the Net nomination as well as by the Watering Hole.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside