Publisher's description: Sukoon is an Arab-themed, English language, online literary magazine reflecting the diversity of the Arab world, where established and emerging artists, poets, and writers of fiction & creative nonfiction, publish their original work in English. Sukoon is biannual, published in February and August.
Writers and artists are not necessarily Arab nor of Arab origin, but all published art and writing reflects the range and richness of the cultures of the Arab world, where Arabic is spoken—a Semitic language with over 30 different varieties of colloquial Arabic.
Contributors have included poets and writers Naomi Shihab Nye, Nathalie Handal, Hedy Habra, Frank Dullaghan, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Elmaz Abi Nader, Marian Haddad, Clair Zoghb, Zeina Hashem Beck, Mishka M. Mourani, Jeff Friedman, Steven M. Schreiner, Hind Shoufani, Sean M. Conrey, Olivia Ayes, Kenneth E. Harrison Jr., Helen Wing; and artists Majid Alyousef, Shurooq Amin, Mayda Aridi Katechi and Mohamad Ghamlouch, among many others.
Sukoon is an Arabic word meaning 'stillness'; the stillness discovered within as the artist continues to follow his/her creative path for the sole reason that he/she does not know how not to. It is also a phonetic symbol used in the Arabic script.