S293. Arab American Caucus

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm


At a moment when the US government and media often attempt to construct a national identity in opposition to Arab cultures, the ability for Arab Americans in general, and Arab American writers in particular, to control our representation and occupy a visible position confronts systematic attempts to silence a diverse, heterogeneous community. Our caucus serves to recognize and address within AWP the urgency of expression for a community pushed to the forefront of America's political landscape.



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.

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.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center