By Kyle Mianulli, CEZ Communications Coordinator
As headlines and Hollywood portrayals continue to perpetuate irresponsible stereotypes and misrepresent Arab people, one organization in the Creative Enterprise Zone is providing an invaluable platform for authentic cultural and artistic expression for Arab-Americans.
Recognizing a void in the American literary landscape for Arab-American authors, Mizna published the first edition of its now internationally recognized literary magazine in 1999. Mizna: Prose, Poetry Art Exploring Arab America, was the first publication of its kind and remains the only journal of Arab-American literature today.
From its headquarters at 2446 University Avenue, Mizna continues to provide Arab-American artists a platform to tell their own stories and tell them on their own terms, says Lana Barkawi, executive and artistic director for the organization. The publication now makes its way to libraries, museums and coffee tables throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East.