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catvalente = one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite people, for a reason.

I would like to announce that the November issue of Apex will be an entirely Arab/Muslim issue. It will be beautiful. It will showcase writers of Arab descent and Muslim writers. (I am aware that many folk not of Arab descent are Muslim, that's why I'm structuring it this way, so that writers from either culture or both can be part of the issue.) It will show how Islam is as much a part of the human experience as any other faith or story system that writers of the fantastic draw from. It will be a small thing, in the grand scheme. It will not save the world. But it will exist, and perhaps in its own way can stand beside the recent ugliness in the SFF world as something bright and good.

I am looking for material, but most especially poetry, from Muslim authors and authors of Arab descent. Let's make it easy: if you think you might "count," then you do. Southeast Asian Muslims, yes. American Muslims, yes. Anybody with a connection to the cultures of Islam, yes. The subject of your works can be anything you like, but I am only looking for authors with connections to Islam and/or the Arabic world. Please do not send reprints, we have that covered.



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Sep. 21st, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
OMG, AMAZING. I love me some Arab-themed stories because I’m a terrible Orientalist probably, sorry Edward Said and I think this will be very educational. I’m loving that it comes from Arab and Muslim writers, especially; I’ve read a fair bit about those cultures, but so much of it comes from a Western perspective and I’m not exactly unaware of the ways that problemetizes literature.
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
This reminds me I need to get researching children's storybooks about Muslim families. Just browsing through, I haven't been able to find any at our library, so I need to get looking for specific titles and see about ordering some if we just don't have any. Which is very possible. :(
Nov. 12th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday sweetie.
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We celebrate peace. Yet we pay no attention to the ways of curing aggression in human beings. And when one sees in psychoanalysis hostility disappearing as people conquer their fears, one wonders if the cure is not there.
The Diary of Anaïs Nin; August, 1945

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