Thursday, December 9 at 5PM pt/8PM est

Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims

edited by Kazim Ali



From the Introduction: "The goal with this anthology is to represent that full range of contemporary expressions of Islam, as well as a full range of genres--poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, political writing, cultural writing, and of course plenty of texts which mix and match and blur all of these modes . . . the trajectories between the pieces--like that of kismet--will be multiple, nonlinear, abstract. The Muslim community is plural and contradictory. This collection of voices ought to be symphony and cacophony at once, like the body of Muslims as they are today."--Kazim Ali

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Kazim Ali


Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry Inquisition, Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One's Blue; and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. 

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Tanzila Ahmed


Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is a political activist, storyteller, poet, and artist based in Los Angeles. She creates at the intersection of counternarratives and culture-shifting as a South Asian American Muslim second-gen woman. She’s turned out over 500,000 Asian American voters, recorded her #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast at the White House, and makes #MuslimVDay cards annually. Her essays are published in the anthologies Pretty Bitches, Shades of Prejudice, Good Girls Marry Doctors, Love Inshallah, and numerous online publications.


Bushra Rehman


Bushra Rehman is author of the poetry collection Marianna’s Beauty Salon and Corona, a dark comedy about being Desi-American. She co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, one of Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-fiction Books of All Time.” Rehman’s next novel, Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books. She is creator of the community-based writing workshop Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction.

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Tarfia Faizullah


Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf 2018) and Seam (SIU 2014). Tarfia’s poems appear widely in magazines and anthologies in the United States and abroad and have been translated into Bengali, Spanish, Farsi, and Chinese. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, and many other honors, Tarfia presents work at institutions and organizations worldwide. In 2016, Harvard Law School named her as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Tarfia was born to Bangladeshi immigrants in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Texas.

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Ramy El-Etreby


Ramy El-Etreby is a queer, Muslim, Arab American theatre artist, writer, performer, storyteller and educator based in Los Angeles. His solo theatre show The Ride played an acclaimed run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2019, which earned him the Encore Producer’s Award. His writings appear online on PopSugar, Medium, The Huffington Post, Queerty, KCET, Love Inshallah, as well as in print in the 2014 anthology Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy published by Beacon Press and the 2019 anthology Graffiti published by Aunt Lute Books. Ramy works in arts education and has held teaching artist positions with LA theater companies Geffen Playhouse and Center Theatre Group. Ramy holds an MA in applied theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies and is a VONA/Voices writing fellow.

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Sham-E-Ali Nayeem


Shamima Khan published her first poem at age seven. She is a recipient of the City of Ottawa Youth poetry award and a finalist for the CBC poetry contest. She has most recently been published in the anthology Muslim American Writers at Home (Freedom Voices Press, 2021). Shamima has been invited to perform her poetry at conferences, embassies, protests, arts events and peace marches across Canada. Shamima is currently at work on a chapbook of her creative nonfiction while leading an Inclusive Design team to create human-centered products and technology.