A dynamic collection of contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by North American Muslims.
From the Introduction: “The goal with this anthology is to represent that full range of contemporary expressions of Islam, as well as a full range of genres—poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, political writing, cultural writing, and of course plenty of texts which mix and match and blur all of these modes . . . the trajectories between the pieces—like that of kismet—will be multiple, nonlinear, abstract. The Muslim community is plural and contradictory. This collection of voices ought to be symphony and cacophony at once, like the body of Muslims as they are today.”—Kazim Ali
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UPCOMING NEW MOONS EVENTS
March 16, 2022, 7:00pm PST — Muslim Writers’ Voices: a Symphony and a Cacophany (hosted by NU-Q on Zoom)
A panel of writers (Kazim Ali, Barrak Alzaid, Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi, Hazem Fahmy) will read from works recently published in New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims (Red Hen Press). The readings will be followed by a moderated discussion, Q&A and open mic. The event will showcase the intersections and diversity amongst North American Muslims and Muslims on the NU-Q campus.
April 25 & 26, 2022 — SWANA Songs: Performance and Praxis
Performances by Mariam Bazeed and Noelle Ghoussaini with a student workshop led by Noelle. Details to come!
April/May — Old Town Books Writer’s Festival — Date TBA
Ally Kirkpatrick at Old Town Books has invited us to feature New Moons writers in their in-person Writer’s Festival next spring.
PREVIOUS NEW MOONS EVENTS
November 3, 2021, 4:00pm PT – Hen House at Home Presents the New Moons Launch Celebration! – A celebratory event featuring over twenty New Moons contributors and editor Kazim Ali to celebrate the release of the New Moons anthology! Live on ZOOM!
November 11, 2021 – Millay Literary League bi-monthly meeting Featuring Melissa Febos (GIRLHOOD) and Melissa Faliveno (TOMBOYLAND) – A New Moons representative will speak for 5-10 minutes about the New Moons collection and the upcoming series of events featuring New Moons authors and Millay.
November 16, 2021, 5:00pm Pacific — Collected Works Bookstore – HYBRID
Local New Mexico poets and anthology contributors Fatima van Hattum and Rabia va Hattum will read in store, with fellow contributors Faisal Mohyuddin and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, along with editor Kazim Ali, will appear via Zoom.
November 17, 2021, 5:00pm Pacific — Of Consequence: New Moons + Intergenerational Legacies of Violence: Contemporary Writing by N. American Muslims
A reading and discussion in partnership with Consequence Magazine featuring editor Kazim Ali and contributors Duaa Randhawa, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi, with an introduction by Executive Editor of Consequence Forum, Matthew Krajniak
November 18, 2021, 6pm-7:30pm Pacific — Storytelling & The Muslim Community with Mt. Tam College
A discussion hosted by Mt. Tam College (Prison University Project at San Quentin) between former student/inmate Sajad Shakoor, filmmaker R.J. Lozada, and New Moons authors about the power of storytelling to share inter-generational legacies/traumas, to heal, to connect diaspora, to build community and make things happen. This will be a fundraiser for Mt. Tam and promotion for New Moons. It will also feature a 7-minute-ish screening of the second half of With This Knowledge, a super short/inspiring film R.J. made about Sajad and another former inmate.
Featuring New Moons editor Kazim Ali and contributors Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi, Tanzila Ahmed, Umar Hanif, Faisal Mohyuddin, and Tariq Luthun! REGISTER HERE!
November 23, 2021, 6:00pm PT — VIRTUAL, BookSoup in Los Angeles
Featuring editor Kazim Ali and contributors Tanzila Ahmed, Ramy Eletreby, Bushra Reman, and Zohra Saed
December 7, 2021, 7:00pm PT — IN PERSON: Stories LA in Los Angeles
Featuring Tanzila Ahmed, Ramy Eletrby, Mahin Ibrahim, and Aatif Rashid
December 9, 2021, 5:00pm PT — VIRTUAL: Chevalier’s Bookstore in Los Angeles
Featuring editor Kazim Ali, Tanzila Ahmed, Ramy Eletreby, Faisal Mohyuddin, Bushra Reman, Rarfia Faizullah, and Sham-E-Ali.