Publisher's description: Sukoon is an Arab-themed, online literary magazine reflecting the richness and diversity of the people of the SWANA region, where established and emerging artists, poets, and writers publish their original work in English, and more recently, in Arabic as well. The aim is to showcase the diversity of ‘Arab’ identity and experience within the Anglophone literary landscape, in order to escape narrow perceptions and understandings of the term. And just as importantly, to carve out a natural and necessary space for the Arab anglophone narrative to exist within the anglophone literary landscape.
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.