R161. Writing Palestine: Combating Erasure/Imagining the Future

D135, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Marking seventy years of displacement and occupation in Palestine, Mizna, the only journal of Arab American literature, presents its Palestine Issue, with readings and discussion about the Palestinian struggle for freedom and the rich literature it has spurred. Acclaimed authors engage with seven decades of resilience and creativity in the face of catastrophe, sharing work that combats erasure by remembering, as well as by imagining possible (and impossible) futures.



Ismail Khalidi's plays include Truth Serum Blues (Pangea World Theater), Tennis in Nablus (Alliance Theatre), Foot (Teatro Amal), Sabra Falling (Pangea), and adaptations of Returning to Haifa (Finborough Theate), and The Corpse Washer (Actors Theatre of Louisville). He holds an MFA from NYU Tisch.

George Abraham is a Palestinian American poet, activist, and PhD candidate at Harvard. He is the author of two chapbooks: the specimen's apology  and al youm. His writing has appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, The Rumpus, Puerto del Sol, and Nepantla.

Nathalie Handal’s most recent books include the flash collection The Republics, lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers,” and the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía. She is a professor at Columbia University and writes the column The City and the Writer.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center