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Episode 165: Mizna: Queer + Trans Voices


Zeyn Joukhadar, author of The Map of Salt and Stars and The Thirty Names of Night, joined us to talk about the process of guest editing the Mizna: Queer + Trans Voices collection!  Zeyn also talks about the writing of his novels, the importance of a space for queer folks in SWANA communities, and more.


Nailah Taman, Program Director of Mizna, also joined us for this episode to talk about the process of making the Queer + Trans Voices issue come together.  They discuss the work that Mizna does, their role in the organization, and more!

Follow Zeyn on IG: Zeyn_joukhadar
Nailah:  Everything_coming_up_roses
Mizna:  Mizna_arabart

https://mizna.org/journal-slider/mizna-21-1-queer-trans-voices/

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Episode 157 [in English]: The Kingdom’s Sandcastle

Luai Qubain is an author and engineer born and raised in Jordan and currently based in Denver. His book The Kingdom’s Sandcastle revisits his experiences as a young man in Jordan hiding his sexuality, losing his mother, and surviving an abusive relationship. Luai recalled the challenges of writing and reliving trauma, and why he felt compelled to do so. He also discussed the particular risks of relationship abuse within heavily persecuted queer communities. We also talk about the various groups of visitors in Jordan – including study abroad bros and vacationing Saudis – and the densely-packed cultural diversity of the SWANA region overall. The book is incredibly moving – you can find it on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble – and stay tuned for the sequel!

 

           

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