Jamil Khoury

Recent works: Silk Road Theater Project (co-founder and artistic director since 2004); Precious Stones, 2003; Fitna: Chaos as Woman in the Arab World, 1995

Favorite Writers: Reinaldo Arenas, Michael Bronski, Andrea Dworkin, Naguib Mahfouz, Fatima Mernissi, Mohammed Mrabet, Kate Millett, Wilhelm Reich, Rumi, Scott Symons and Edmund White. Playwrights include Yussef El Guindi, Velina Hasu Houston, Larry Kramer, and Tony Kushner.

Quote: I am heartened by the sheer quantity of Arab–American literary and artistic production out there. I am particularly encouraged by the increased visibility of US-born and mixed-blood Arab–American voices. Arab–American writing expands and continues the rich tradition of ethnic American cultural production, humanizing and “de-otherizing” an entire group of people, enhancing our concepts of community and self, and increasing our own sense of the possible.

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