Mizna: Events: Call for Papers: RAWI 5th National Gathering with Mizna

Mizna is partnering with RAWI (Radius of Arab Writers, Inc.) to present the 5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering, September 18 to 21, at Open Book in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These biannual gatherings are focused on bringing together leading Arab American writers and scholars of Arab American literature. Sponsored by the Loft Literary Center.

Past gatherings have included workshops on poetry, creative non-fiction, memoirs, short stories, screenwriting, political and legal aspects of writing, conversations regarding gender, sexuality and more, and have been led by such acclaimed authors and artists as Naomi Shihab Nye, Rabih Alameddine, Evelyn Shakir, Mohja Kahf and so many more.


Theme: New Beginnings. We welcome paper, performance, workshop, and panel proposals. Paper proposals should include a presentation title, short biography, and 300-word abstract. Performance papers should include the same, with a five-page writing sample for each participant (if more than one) in fiction, playwriting, or poetry in lieu of an abstract. Panel proposals should include presenter bios, both panel and presentation titles, and a description of each presentation, including titles. Workshop proposals should include workshop leader bio, workshop description, including genre, and ideal number of attendees.

In keeping with its mission to promote Arab American arts and mentor writers of all ages, RAWI especially encourages proposals for creative writing workshops. The conference will also feature various literary and dramatic performances, cultural exhibitions, and critical panels. 

We invite all members of the Arab American community and our friends and allies to join together in spirit and conversation to celebrate and nurture Arab American literature, art, and culture. 

Proposals will be accepted on a competitive basis until April 21, 2014 (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE). Click HERE for more information and to submit a proposal. 


All participants in the conference (presenters, attendees, workshop participants) must register for the conference. Participants are encouraged to register through the RAWI website. 


Pre-registration $100 (ends July 1, 2014)

On-site registration $150



Open Book

1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415


The Aloft Minneapolis Hotel has blocked off rooms for attendees. Special RAWI/Mizna rateavailable or call (866) 716-8143 

Thank you for your generosity in supporting Mizna, a Minneapolis-based Arab American cultural organization with a mission to celebrate expression and diversity in the Arab community! Mizna was formed in 1998 and has done much work to promote Arab American artistic expression since that time. We publish a nationally recognized literary journal, and have presented several well-attended community arts events as well. We do all of this work as a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that survives on grants and donations. Your donation will greatly help us to continue our important mission. Mizna is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Learn more or donate now.