R182. Arab & Muslim Writers Surviving Trump's America: A Reading and Discussion Presented by Mizna

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Heeding Edward Said’s call for cultural resistance to “write back” against forces seeking to marginalize and vilify Arabs and Muslims, Mizna, the only Arab American lit journal, presents its issue themed “Surviving” with readings and discussion about our communities’ latest bouts with xenophobia and Islamophobia. Acclaimed and important emerging authors will discuss the maneuvers the Trump era has us making—resisting, dodging, bearing, and more—surviving.


Lana Salah Barkawi, PhD, is the Executive and Artistic Director of Mizna, a Twin Cities-based Arab arts organization that publishes Mizna: Prose, Poetry, & Art Exploring Arab America and produces the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. She serves on the board of Pangea World Theater.

Glenn Shaheen is the author of the poetry collections Predatory and Energy Corridor, the flash fiction chapbook Unchecked Savagery, and the fiction collection Carnivalia.

Sagirah Shahid is a radical, introverted, outgoing, Black Muslim poet from Minneapolis. She is the recipient of a Loft Literary Center Mentor Series Award in poetry and a winner of a Minnesota Center for Book Arts mentorship award. Her poems float around on the internet, print and on three giant lanterns.

Jess Rizkallah is a Lebanese American writer and illustrator. She is an alumna of Lesley University, MFA candidate at New York University, and founding editor Pizza Pi Press. Her collection The Magic My Body Becomes won the 2016 Etel Adnan Award from RAWI and University of Arkansas Press.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside