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Twenty Years


The anniversary issue, Twenty Years, features authors who’ve been with Mizna since the very first year of the platform, as well as many new, vibrant voices. The visual art in this issue is from Alaa Satir, an artist who has been closely involved in the ongoing Sudanese revolution.

Featured in this journal are contributions by Andrea Abi-Karam, Elmaz Abinader, Nour Al Ghraowi, Threa Almontaser, Aida Bardissi, Adam Benkato, Romaissaa Benzizoune, Leila Chatti, Hazem Fahmy, Hedy Habra, Kathryn Haddad, Annemarie Jacir, Joe Kadi, Mohja Kahf, Nahid Khan, Adele Ne Jame, Naomi Shihab Nye, Yara Omer, Yasmine Rukia, Samia Saliba, Therese Saliba, Sagirah Shahid, and Matthew Shenoda. Visual art by Alaa Satir.

Alaa Satir (b. 1990, Khartoum) is a visual artist and designer. Her stylised graphic works have a bold and distinctive style, often featuring women as the central figures. Alaa’s work came to prominence during the Sudanese revolution of 2018, when her large-scale murals of her figures highlighting the role of women in the revolution and celebrating the demands of the revolutionaries reached online audiences internationally.

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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