The M Word seeks to elevate, amplify, and celebrate the contributions of Muslim Americans to our country’s varied and inspiring cultural landscape. To help us, we are inviting audience members, online followers, panelists, and others—both Muslims and non-Muslims alike—to share their personal experiences with what it means to be Muslim in America.

Today we feature two audio recordings of playwright and The New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali. Ali is an advisor to The M Word and the recommending author for this month’s installment of Read the Resistance, an online book club that highlights written works of and about acts of resistance. Ali will join PEN America for a Facebook Live conversation on Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny later this month. 


On the Importance of Being a Muslim-American Writer:

On the Strange Questions Posed to Muslim Americans:

We want to hear your stories! For the chance to be featured by The M Word, submit your own video story with us on Facebook or submit your story in writing here. By submitting your story, you grant PEN America the right to use all still and motion pictures and sound recordings you provide in furtherance of its nonprofit charitable mission, including the right to advertising, promotion, and future marketing of PEN America and its activities via radio, television, video, DVD, the internet, podcasts, PEN America publications, or any other use, by any means now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe.

The M Word is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges program.