Meet Mizna's new Poetry Editor, Jen March. Also, call for submissions deadline!
The first issue of Mizna including Jen as Poetry Editor is due out later this year. Read on for our call for submissions. The deadline for consideration for the next issue is July 16, 2012.
JEN MARCH received her MFA in writing from Hamline University. She has worked as poetry editor on many literary journals, and has interned with Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Graywolf Press. She was the recipient of a 2006 Latitudes Grant from Mizna: A Forum for Arab American Art and a 2010 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has performed her poetry with Talking Image Connection (TIC) and The Riot Act Reading Series. Her work has most recently appeared in Wicked Alice, The Mix, Midway Journal, and Flurry. She curates the annual Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival in Minneapolis and her current work combines poetry, film and movement.
Call for Submissions Mizna continuously seeks original writing for upcoming publications. The deadline for submitting work to be considered for the next issue is July 16, 2012. We welcome submissions on Arab-American themes that reflect the diversity of our community, and we are interested in work that surprises and challenges the reader. Contributors do not have to be of Arab descent provided their work is of relevance to the Arab-American community.
May 22 | 7 p.m. | Black Dog Café | FREE
UPDATE: KHALDOUN SAMMAN WILL BE DRUMMING
Mizna brings a diverse group of established and emerging writers and performers to St. Paul Almanac's Lowertown Jam stage. With that Homeland Security dictum "if you see something, say something" ringing in their ears, Mizna's group of Arab American and/or Muslim writers will give voice to their own experience of diverse homelands. The evening will be hosted by performance artist and Mizna rep Moheb Soliman, who will present his own work along with other amazing artists of spoken word, performance, and straight-up poetry coming out of Mizna's Silaat writing workshop series MORE >>
This summer, Mizna will be offering four classes in spoken and written Arabic: Arabic I, II, III, and an Advanced Class. Levels I and II will be 10-week sessions taught by Rita Farah, and Level III and Advanced Arabic: Media & Culture will be intensive 5-week sessions taught by Mohammed Elmeski, Ph.D. Classes will take place in Mizna's office in St. Paul. MORE >>
Mizna is participating in Northern Spark, a major Twin Cities all-night art festival on June 8! (Yeah, you read that rightALL NIGHT, dusk to dawn.) It's a participatory street art project, and we want you to join us!
We will be hosting a street art installation called "Underpass of the Eyes of Freedom" that will bring the spirit of the recent and ongoing Arab revolutions and uprisings to St. Paul. Festival goers are called to wander into an underpass of the Arab Spring: Take a spray can, an Arabic stencil: reinscribe potent global expressions of resistance and change. Including graffiti designs by Hend Kheera, Islam Shabana, Hamza Salim, Dunya Alwan. Amazing, right?
ARTIST HEND KHEERA WILL BE JOINING US FROM CAIRO. MORE >>
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|Events: Mizna's first Writer-in-Residence, playwright Ismail Khalidi (March 29th, 2013)|
|Events: Novelist Randa Jarrar | May 10 at Honey (March 19th, 2013)|
|Events: Silaat Showcase at St. Paul Almanac's Reading Series (March 16th, 2013)|
|Events: Summer Arabic Classes (March 1st, 2013)|
|Events: Street Art of the Arab Spring (February 27th, 2013)|
|Events: Spring Arabic Classes: Starting February 2013 (February 1st, 2013)|
|Events: Silaat/Connections: Children's Story Hour Saturday, February 23 (January 26th, 2013)|