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Cover photo of Moustafa Bayoumi's book This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror




The Surviving Issue
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

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: Adelita Husni-Bey, Anahita Razmi, Ifrah Mansour, Khaled Barakeh, Salwa Aleryani, Walid Siti, Fadlabi

Cover Art: Fadlabi


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Join us to celebrate the release of the Surviving Issue of Mizna's literary journal on July 13 featuring guest editor Moustafa Bayoumi

Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall on 6th and Wabasha Saint Paul, MN 55102

Suggested Donation: $10, comes with free copy of Mizna's Surviving Issue

Doors at 6:30 | Reading and discussion at 7

The evening will include readings from Marion Gomez, Maya Beck, Niebal Atiyeh, and Ramla Bile 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 about surviving the narrative and political landscape surrounding Arabs and Muslims in America.
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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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