The Arab writers and other artists Barbara had interviewed in her travels and assignments in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon, joined Arab American authors on her NY radio airwaves. As literature became a platform for the assembly of talented compassionate Arab voices, it led to the founding of Radius of Arab American Writers Inc. (RAWI). As its director, Barbara worked with the president, poet and painter Etel Adnan, convening conferences and supporting emerging talent.