Join us for a reading by Arab-American writers. Part of #90x90LA, and in partnership with The Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), this event is hosted by Randa Jarrar and features Laila Lalami, Stephanie Abraham, Conner Habib, and Jennifer Jajeh.
Presented in partnership with RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers): The Radius of Arab American Writers is a non-profit 501©(3) literary organization dedicated to supporting and disseminating creative writing and scholarly writing by Arab-Americans.
Randa Jarrar's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, The Sun, and others. Her first book, the Arab-American coming of age novel, A Map of Home, is now on many college syllabi. Her new book, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, was named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 by The Millions, and one of Electric Literature‘s 25 best collections of the year. She runs RAWI (the Radius of Arab-American Writers) and loves coordinating events and strengthening communities.
Stephanie Abraham is a writer and media critic based in Los Angeles. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, such as Mizna, McSweeney’s, Al Jazeera, and Ms., as well as the anthologies Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists. She's the Pop Culture Correspondent and Film Critic for the radio and television show Rising Up with Sonaliand a frequent contributor to the feminist pop culture magazine Bitch. She was part of the editorial collective who founded the feminist magazine make/shift, and the founding editor of the feminist magazine LOUDmouth.
Conner Habib is an author, lecturer, sex workers' rights activist, and host of the web series Against Everyone with Conner Habib. His writing has appeared in Vice, Salon, Slate, The Stranger, and more. He has appeared in nearly 200 gay adult films, and served for two years as the Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. He gives lectures around the world on sex, sexuality, pornography, and the occult, and was the first gay adult performer to speak at MoMA in New York. His web series, Against Everyone with Conner Habib, is a countercultural blend of sexual liberation, radical philosophy, and occult perspectives. He is currently writing a book about pornography's vital presence in our culture. He is probably the only person alive who has won awards for writing, teaching, and porn. He lives in LA.
Jennifer Jajeh is a Palestinian-American actress, writer, and comedian whose work lies at the intersection of global politics, identity, and pop culture. Her critically acclaimed one woman show, I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You, toured for 5 years across the US and internationally. Directed by W. Kamau Bell, the show was dubbed «a fantastic and important piece of theatre» at the Edinburgh Fringe where it received a slew of 5 star reviews. Jajeh can currently be seen on stages across Los Angeles honing her unique brand of political comedy and storytelling. Her short story «White Like Me» was published this July by Saqi Books London as part of the comedic anthology: Don't Panic, I'm Islamic. This Fall, she makes her television debut on the Emmy award winning show Transparent.
Laila Lalami is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits; Secret Son; and, most recently, The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, the New York Times, and in many anthologies. She writes the “Between the Lines” column for The Nation magazine and is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. The recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.
This event is a part of #90x90LA, presented by Writ Large Press. Celebrate 90 literary and cultural events in 90 days. #90X90LA will run from July 5-October 1, 2017. The 90 events will be spread out between three historic Los Angeles neighborhoods: Little Tokyo, DTLA, and South Central LA, with many events hosted at CIELO Galleries/Studios and carefully selected events in other places around the city and in other cities around the country. #90X90LA invites us all to show up and shed light on the people and cultures thriving locally and holds space for their continued growth at a time when these historic neighborhoods are being decimated, displaced, and otherwise erased for a new wave of gentrification.