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Shuruq 4.5 Writers' Showcase Presents: Live Reading Series (2 of 2)

Date(s) - 10/21/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice

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Wed, October 21, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT

(Tickets available after registering)

This live reading showcases six Arab-American authors featured in the Shuruq 4.5 writing showcase. This is the second of a two-part reading series hosted by Samia Saliba.


Nabra Nelson is a writer, community organizer, and theater creator from Nubia, Egypt, and California. Her Nubian side is from the Fadijja tribe of the village of Abu Simbel. As a playwright, arts administrator, director, and teaching artist, she works with theaters, universities, and community organizations to create positive change, strengthen community, and amplify under-heard voices through theater. She is the Director of Arts Engagement at Seattle Rep, a founding company member of Dunya Productions and Heard Space Arts Collective, and leads the Nubian Foundation for Preserving a Cultural Heritage. For more of her work, and more resources on Nubian, check out

Joumana Altallal is a Zell Fellow in Poetry at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She works with Citywide Poets to lead a weekly after-school poetry program for high school students in Metro-Detroit. Her work appears in Glass Poetry, Poets Reading the News, and Rusted Radishes, among others. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writer’s Conference, and the Radius for Arab American Writers. You can follow Joumana on Twitter @joualt.

Philip Metres has written ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon 2020), Sand Opera, and The Sound of Listening. Awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship, three Arab American Book Awards, and two NEAs, he is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University.

Dania Ayah Alkhouli is a Syrian writer, editor, poet, and community organizer from sunny SoCal. She is the author of three poetry collections, the latest being Contortionist Tongue from Moon Tide Press released early 2020. Her work centers on feminism, sexuality, culture, identity, religion, death & grief, domestic violence & sexual assault, and her homeland, Syria. In 2012, Alkhouli and her mother cofounded the nonprofit traveling exhibition and series of events, A Country Called Syria.

Hiba Dagher is a student at the University of Michigan & founder of Hikayat. She is the recipient of two Hopwood prizes & her work has been featured in Xylem literary magazine & the Cafe Shapiro anthology. You can find her @mtndaughter on twitter.

Nadia Alamah moved to SoCal from Flint, MI a few years ago and has several places she calls home. A Lebanese Muslim American artist and writer, wanderer and wonderer, she dabbles in different creative mediums to get to the heart of whatever this weird journey’s supposed to be about. Check out her self-published chapbooks and projects including Yalla Habibi, poems in 3arabeezi, at, or drop a line and say hi!

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