S313. Arab American Caucus
F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
This town-hall style meeting creates a much-needed space for Arab American writers to build and connect within AWP. We invite established and emerging writers, editors, students, scholars, and organizers, and aim for the caucus to facilitate networking and exchange on Arab American literary endeavors, craft, publishing, poetics, and praxis. Our caucus seeks to empower and center the voices of underrepresented Americans with roots in the Arab world, including Black Arabs, queer and trans Arabs, differently bodied Arabs, and stateless Arabs. The last 30 minutes of the caucus will be an open mic.
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.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Is a Nice Neighborhood and The Real Horse. Matuk serves on the editorial team at Fence and on the faculty of the MFA program at University of Arizona.