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Asian American Literary Review Commemorates 9/11

Wed, August 24, 2011
Asian American Literary Review Commemorates 9/11

CONTACT:   Gerald Maa and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Editors-In-Chief, The Asian American Literary Review            
When: Sept. 11, 2011
A critical consideration of the moment and its aftermath—the political, legal, and civil rights repercussions for the communities most directly affected: South Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim American.
As the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001 approaches, how can we reflect on that day and its aftermath when so many of the voices of affected communities remain unheard? In the interests of broadening the public conversation, The Asian American Literary Review (AALR) is publishing a special commemorative issuethat gives voice to those too frequently unheard.
AALR’s Special Issue: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11, guest edited by Rajini Srikanth and Parag Khandhar, features a Sikh American musician on the traumas of experience, before and after; an IndianAmerican lawyer on defending Guantánamo detainees; a Pakistani American Muslim feminist on teaching September 11th; an Afghan American poet on envisioning the first Afghan American literary anthology; an Arab American scholar on why Arab American fiction matters; and organizers and participants on the 10-year anniversary of Desis Organizing, the first gathering of NYC South Asian activists and artists.
Other features include: testimonies, essays, and dialogues by community activists Deepa Iyer, Tito Sinha, Chaumtoli Huq, Subhash Kateel, Adem Carroll, and Saru Jayaraman; writers Pico Iyer, Amitava Kumar, Rishi Reddi, Shailja Patel, and Kazim Ali;  and scholars Vijay Prashad, Sunaina Maira, Gary Okihiro, and Mary Husain.
Attached DVD includes video shorts by spoken word and performance poets Anida Yoeu Ali, Giles Li, Chee Malabar, Bao Phi, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Amir Rabiyah, Bushra Rehman, Pushkar Sharma, and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai.
Issue sponsors include:  UMass Boston Asian American Studies Program, UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies, UConn Asian American Studies Institute, Queens College CUNY Asian/American Center, Charles B. Wang Asian American Center at SUNY Stony Brook, UTexas Center for Asian American Studies, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, Cornell U Asian American Studies Program, UHawai’i Dept of Ethnic Studies, UMinnesota Asian American Studies Program, UMichigan Arab American Studies, UMaryland Asian American Studies Program, Columbia U Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute, U of Illinois at Chicago Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara Asian American Studies, Binghamton U Dept of Asian & Asian American Studies, UC Irvine Dept of Asian American Studies, UMass Amherst Asian American Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program Hunter College CUNY
To see a sample table of contents and teaser of excerpts, or to order the issue, visit
About The Asian American LiteraryReview
The Asian American Literary Review, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization, a space for those who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community.

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