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Mizna: the Surviving Issue
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The presidential election in 2016 in the United States has reignited the narrative about Arabs and Muslims as expedient villains. This is nothing new, but perhaps there is a fervor and momentum this time around that is especially dangerous. How have we been affected? How have we responded, not responded? How are we surviving? In this issue of Mizna, we're featuring guest editor Moustafa Bayoumi and work from writers across the country that wrestles with the topic of surviving in thoughtful, personal, whimsical, humorous, and critical ways.

Guest Editor: Moustafa Bayoumi
Read Bayoumi's foreword for this issue, Survival of the Physics

Featured writers: Jess Rizkallah, Marion Gomez, Noor Hashem, Paul Kaidy Barrows, Amjad Hajyassin, Tariq Luthun, Maya Beck, Sagirah Shahid, Bernard Ferguson, Niebal Atiyeh, Hayan Charara, Hala Alyan, Ramla Bile

Visual artists (representing the seven countries targeted in the initial US travel ban): Adelita Husni-Bey, Anahita Razmi, Ifrah Mansour, Khaled Barakeh, Salwa Aleryani, Walid Siti, Fadlabi

Cover Art: Fadlabi

Join us to celebrate the release of the Surviving issue of Mizna's literary journal featuring visiting guest editor Moustafa Bayoumi.

Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W 6th St, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (at the intersection of Wabasha St N)

When: July 13, 2017 | doors 6:30pm | reading and discussion 7pm

Cost: $10 suggested donation--comes with free copy of Mizna's new Surviving issue

The evening will include readings from published writers Sagira Shahid, Marion Gomez, Maya Beck, Niebal Atiyeh, and Bernard Ferguson before a talk by the issue's guest editor Moustafa Bayoumi, two-time winner of the Arab American Book Award for Nonfiction and author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, and This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror. This will be followed by an open discussion involving Moustafa and Ramla Bile about surviving the narrative and political landscape surrounding Arabs and Muslims in America.

Supported by the City of St. Paul's Cultural STAR Program.
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Mizna is a Twin Cities non-profit arts organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture. We publish the literary journal Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and offer varied other readings, performances, art projects, and community events involving an exceptionally talented and diverse range of local, national, and international Arab American artists.

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