Headliner Event

LitHop proudly presents:

An evening with


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fresno City College OAB Auditorium | 7:00 p.m.


Randa Jarrar is a Palestinian-American writer, translator, and associate professor of English at Fresno State University.  She is the author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, which won an American Book Award and was named one of Electric Literature‘s 25 best collections of the year. Her first book, the Arab-American coming of age novel, A Map of Home, is now on many college syllabi. It was published in half a dozen languages & won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, GuernicaThe RumpusThe Oxford AmericanPloughsharesThe Sun, and others. She has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, Hedgebrook, and others, and in 2010 was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40. She runs RAWI (the Radius of Arab-American Writers) and loves coordinating events and strengthening communities. She lives in Fresno and teaches in the MFA Program at Fresno State. Visit RandaJarrar.com.


“Our people carry their homeland in their souls.”
― Randa Jarrar, A Map of Home (2008)



Novels and Story Collections

  • Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (2016), winner of the Story Prize Spotlight Award (2017) and the American Book Award (2017)
  • A Map of Home (2008), winner of the Hopwood Award and the Arab-American Book Award (2008)
  • The Year of the Revolutionary New Bread-Making Machine (2008) with Hassan Daoud


  • Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America (2017)
  • Watchlist: 32 Short Stories by Persons of Interest (2016)
  • Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World (2015)
  • Million Writers Award: The Best New Online Voices (2012)
  • Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction (2009) with co-editor, Joseph Geha
  • Skive Magazine (Issue 10: December 2008)

Magazine Articles

  • “Being A Bad Muslim Helped Me Get Out Of A Bad Marriage” (BuzzFeed: May 30, 2017)
  • “I Still Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers” (Salon: March 18, 2014)
  • “Why I Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers” (Salon: March 4, 2014)
  • “Imagining Myself in Palestine” (Guernica: May 14, 2012)
  • “The Missing-Piece Son” (The New York Times: December 4, 2009)


  • “Roxane Gay and Randa Jarrar Talk Twitter, ‘Difficult Women’ and Kink in L.A.” (Los Angeles Times: May 11, 2017)
  • “Taking Down the House: An Interview with Randa Jarrar” (L.A. Review of Books: January 5, 2017)
  • “Life-Affirming Narratives: Author Randa Jarrar Talks Arab-American Identity and Survival” (Bitch magazine: September 12, 2016)


Please Join Us at Fresno City College’s Old Administration Building (OAB) Auditorium

1101 East University Avenue, Building 2 | event begins at 7:00 PM

Fresno City College Old Administration Building
photo: David Wakely Photography (additional photos)

Click here for driving instructions to Fresno City College (FCC).

The OAB is located on the west side of campus near N. Maroa & Weldon Avenue, and the 650-seat auditorium is in Building 2. Parking is available at lots A and C. View the FCC campus map here. Parking will be relaxed for the weekend in all FCC parking lots.

There is no ticket required to attend the LitHop headlining event. This event is FREE and open to the public.

All seats are first-come, first-served only.

Event begins at 7:00 p.m. PST

The OAB Auditorium in Building 2 is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor. Companion seats may be available for guests accompanying attendees in wheelchairs. Please contact Lee Herrick for ASL translators requests.




Photo credit: Adela Santana (photo edited by Lisa Herrick for LitHop)

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