Open the Horizons of Our Ascent
Threa Almontaser, Hala Alyan, Mariam Bazeed, Ghinwa Jawhari, Sahar Romani
Open the Horizons of Our Ascent


The Asian American Writers’ Workshop will convene a reading of local poets drawing on the experience of being SWANA in America, from daily resistance to categorization, to partaking in protest movements in support of a homeland half a world away, our poets will move and inspire you. This event is co-curated by AAWW Margins Fellows Ghinwa Jawhari and Sahar Romani, and will feature Threa Almontaser, Hala Alyan, Mariam Bazeed, Ghinwa Jawhari, and Sahar Romani.

The title of this event is by the Palestinian poet Fadwa Touqan.


This event will be live-streamed on Zoom. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link via email. The event will be uploaded to the AAWW YouTube channel the following week.

This event will be captioned with ASL Interpretation by Pro Bono ASL.

THREA ALMONTASER is the author of the poetry collection, The Wild Fox of Yemen (Graywolf Press) selected by Harryette Mullen for the 2020 Walt Whitman Award from The Academy of American Poets. She is the recipient of awards from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright program, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA and TESOL certification from North Carolina State University.

HALA ALYAN is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry, Guernica and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, SALT HOUSES, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017, and was the winner of the Arab American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her second novel, THE ARSONISTS’ CITY, was recently published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hala lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog.

MARIAM BAZEED is an Egyptian immigrant, writer, and performance artist living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam received their MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in 2018. Mariam’s award-winning play, Peace Camp Org—available in anthology from Oberon Books, UK—has been presented at La Mama Theater, NYC (2017); the Arcola Theatre, London (2018); and The Wild Project, NYC (2018). To procrastinate from facing the blank page, Mariam curates and runs a monthly(ish) world-music salon and open mic in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.

GHINWA JAWHARI is the author of the chapbook “BINT” (2021), winner of Radix Media’s inaugural Own Voices Prize. Her essays, fiction, and poetry appear in Catapult, Mizna, The Margins, Narrative, The Adroit Journal, and others. She is a 2021 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She was born to Druze parents in Cleveland, OH and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

SAHAR ROMANI is a poet and educator. Her recent work appears and is forthcoming in The Yale Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Believer, Guernica and elsewhere. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Poets House, and New York University, where she earned an MFA and teaches first-year writing.

Open the Horizons of Our Ascent

Threa Almontaser, Hala Alyan, Mariam Bazeed, Ghinwa Jawhari, Sahar Romani
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
7:00 PM

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