Adaniah Rafeef Ibrahim Habayeb Shehadeh

Three days of
Readings, talks, and performances celebrating Palestinian literature
In New York City

Aja Monet Ramzy Keeanga Abulhawa

About the Festival

Palestine Writes will be the first major festival dedicated to the celebration of Palestinian literature in the United States.  In New York City, from March 27-29th, 2020, Palestine Writes will bring together writers, artists, publishers, booksellers, and scholars to hold conversations about art, literature, and the intersections between culture, struggle, and politics.  The common threads uniting all participants are the love of books and support of justice for Palestine.  Our festival honors the many historic personalities who have walked this path before us, and showcases living voices celebrating Palestinian life, devoted to the belief that art challenges repression and creates bonds between Palestine and the rest of the world.  Palestine Writes will highlight the richness of Palestinian art for a North American audience who may not have had the opportunity to experience this work due to lack of linguistic access, the severe restrictions on movement of Palestinians, and the censorship and repression of Palestinian speech in the US.  Palestine Writes will be a groundbreaking celebration of the power of Palestinian artistic visionaries and their supporters, bringing us together in the spirit of Mahmoud Darwish’s sentiment that we “have the right to smell autumn’s fragrances and ask the night for a dream.”

Organizers

Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa

susan abulhawa is a novelist, poet, political analyst and activist.  Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury 2010), was a groundbreaking achievement in anglophile Palestinian literature.  It became an international bestseller, translated in 28 languages and made abulhawa one of the most widely read Arab authors in the world.  Her second novel , The Blue Between Sky and Water (Bloomsbury 2015), likewise achieved critical acclaim and was translated into 20 languages. Other works by abulhawa include a poetry collection entitled My Voice Sought The Wind (Just World Books 2013) and numerous anthology contributions. Her forthcoming novel will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2020. abulhawa is a member of the organizing collective for USACBI (United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel).

Bill Mullen

Bill Mullen

Bill V. Mullen is Professor of American Studies at Purdue University.  He is co-editor (with Ashley Dawson) of Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israel Universities (Haymarket Books, 2015).  He is also the author of James Baldwin: Living in Fire (Pluto Press, 2019) and co-editor, with Chris Vials, of The U.S. Antifascist Reader (Verso, 2020).  He is a member of the organizing collective for USACBI (United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel). At Purdue, he is faculty adviser for Purdue Students for Justice in Palestine.

Yamila Hussein Shannan

Yamila Hussein Shannan

Dr. Yamila Hussein-Shannan is a scholar, an educator, an activist and public speaker dedicated to social-economic and political justice. Her work examines matrices of oppression and liberation particularly institutionalized and structural supremacy, anti- black racism and settler-colonialism. Dr. Hussein-Shannan teaches at the graduate level on the intricacy between language, power and (in)justice and critical race theory. Her courses examine how structures and institutions sustain and reproduce systems of oppression and the centrality of our political clarity in contributing to liberation and the creation of a just world.
Prior to doctorate work, Dr. Hussein-Shannan founded and ran Yammita Activity Center for Children, co-founded the Teacher Creativity Center and worked for Defence for Children International in Palestine. She has designed, directed and/or taught intensive academic programs for teachers and developed curricula in Boston (Harvard, Boston College, Goddard College, Lesley University, BTR/UMass Boston) and internationally (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, Mexico, and the Balkans). A Palestinian born in Colombia, raised in Jerusalem, and currently residing in Boston, Dr. Hussein-Shannan is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English.

Nada Elia

Nada Elia

Nada Elia is a Diaspora Palestinian born in Baghdad, Iraq and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, where she worked as a journalist covering the (un)civil war, before moving to the US.  Now a Seattle-based organizer, her activism focuses on resisting institutionalized systems of oppression (state-sanctioned racism, sexism, and criminal injustice), and a political commentator and regular contributor to Mondoweiss and Middle East Eye.  Elia is co-editor of INCITE! Women and Trans People of Color’s Law Enforcement Violence Toolkit for Activists,  as well as Critical Ethnic Studies:  A Reader, and is currently working on a manuscript about the politics of solidarity work.

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Director of the American Studies Program at NYU. A contributor to the Guardian, the New York TimesThe Nation, and Al Jazeera, he is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Creditocracy and the Case for Debt RefusalBird On Fire,  Nice Work if You Can Get It, Fast Boat to China, No-Collar, and The Celebration Chronicles. His most recent book, (from Verso) is Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel. 

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar

Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem and her mother’s side of the family comes from the depopulated village of Ijzim near Haifa. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank. She contributes stories/opinion to PalestineChronicle.com and other publications as well as to her own blog “Palestinian and righteously angry” at https://medium.com/@rimanajjar.  Her extended essay in the Spring 2014 edition of Biography titled “Life in Abu Dis Continues Quietly” discusses how social media has played an important role in her political education.

David Palumbo-Liu

David Palumbo-Liu

David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford.  He studies race and ethnicity, human rights, the environment, and ethics and politics.  He is currently writing a book on political voice for Haymarket Books.  His writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Jacobin, Al Jazeera, The Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, and other venues.  He is on the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Malini Johar Schueller

Malini Johar Schueller

Malini Johar Schueller is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her research interests include U.S. empire studies, Asian-American studies, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and postcolonial women of color.

She is the author of several books: The Politics of Voice: Liberalism and Social Criticism from Franklin to Kingston(SUNY, 1992) and  U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation, and Gender in Literature, 1790–1890 (Michigan, 1998). She has edited a special issue of Prose Studies titled “U.S. Personal Narratives and the Subject of Multiculturalism” and has published a scholarly edition of a slave’s travel narrative, A Colored Man Round the World, by David F. Dorr (Michigan, 1999). She has co-edited multiple books. Her latest book, Campaigns of Knowledge: U.S. Pedagogies of Colonialism and Occupation in the Philippines and Japan will be published by Temple University Press in 2019.

Snehal Shingavi

Snehal Shingavi

Snehal Shingavi is associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he teaches South Asian literatures in English, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of the South Asian diaspora, including Asian American literature.  He received his PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught previously at Notre Dame de Namur University and the University of Mary Washington.  He is the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood: the politics and forms of literary nationalism in India (Anthem Books, 2013).  He has also translated Munshi Premchand’s Hindi novel, Sevasadan [The Orphanage] (Oxford, 2005), the Urdu short-story collection, Angaaray [Firebrands] (Penguin, 2014), and Bhisham Sahni’s autobiography, Today’s Pasts (Penguin, 2015).  With Vasudha Dalmia, he has also published a translation of Agyeya’s Shekhar: A Life (Penguin, 2018). He is currently working on two book-length manuscripts (The Country and the City, the Jungle and the Slum: the neoliberal landscapes of South Asian literature and A Critical History of Hindi Literature) and several translation projects (Joginder Paul’s Urdu novel A Single Drop of Blood, Yashpal’s Hindi novella Geeta: Party Comrade, and Mannu Bhandari and Rajendra Yadav’s joint Hindi novel The Barest of Smiles).

Jordy Rosenberg

Jordy Rosenberg

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox, named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Publishing Triangle Award.  Confessions has been recognized by The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Kirkus Reviews, LitHub, Electric Literature and the Feminist Press as one of the Best Books of 2018.  Jordy is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Remi Kanazi

Remi Kanazi

Remi Kanazi is a poet and writer based in New York. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine and Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine. Kanazi is also the editor of Poets For Palestine. His work and political commentary has been featured by outlets throughout the world, including NowThis, Salon, the New York Times, Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, and he has appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a Lannan Residency Fellow and an Advisory Committee member for the PalestinianCampaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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