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The Winter 2019 Palestine-themed issue is guest edited by Ismail Khalidi and features an exciting list of authors. This is an expanded issue, with more authors and content than we normally publish and a fresh, new look and feel.

Featured in this journal are contributions by Lannan Literary Fellow Hala Alyan, acclaimed poet Najwan Darwish, MacArthur Fellow Natalie Diaz, an interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Hisham Matar, poetry from Naomi Shihab Nye, Nathalie Handal, and George Abraham, comics from Joe Sacco and Leila Abdelrazaq, essays by Ahdaf Soueif and Eileen Myles. Visual art by Palestinian artist Yazan Khalili. We are also publishing the full transcript of Marc Lamont Hill’s recent speech to the United Nations, and work from many more incredible authors: Lina AlSharif, Janan Alexandra, Zaina Alsous, Zeina Azzam, Bryonn Bain, Jehan Bseiso, Kevin Coval, Summer Farah, Sahar Mustafah, Donal O’Kelly, Najla Said, Mandy Shunnarah, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Naomi Wallace.

This issue’s publication is supported by the Center for Arab American Philanthropy and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.


Ismail Khalidi was born in Beirut to Palestinian parents and raised in Chicago. He is a playwright and director who has written, directed, performed, curated and taught internationally. Khalidi’s plays include Tennis in Nablus (Alliance Theatre, 2010), Truth Serum Blues (Pangea World Theater, 2005), Foot (Teatro Amal, 2016-17), Sabra Falling (Pangea World Theater, 2017), Returning to Haifa (Finborough Theatre, 2018) and Dead Are My People (Noor Theatre, 2019). Khalidi’s plays have been published in numerous anthologies. His writing on politics and culture has appeared in The NationGuernicaAmerican Theatre Magazineand Remezcla. His poetry and plays have been published by Mizna, and he co-edited Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora (TCG, 2015). Khalidi has received commissions from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Noor Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, and The Public Theatre, and is currently a Visiting Artist at Teatro Amal in Chile. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Mizna is a critical platform for contemporary literature, art, film, and cultural programming centering the work of Arab and Southwest Asian and North African artists. They publish Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, the only Arab American lit and art journal in the US; produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, the largest and longest running Arab film fest in the Midwest; and offer classes, readings, performances, public art, and community events.

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