RR

Who Grows Rusted Radishes

Housed in the American University of Beirut’s English Department, RR is edited and designed by a staff of faculty, students, and alum from both the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Department of Architecture and Design — a truly interdisciplinary endeavor. Our staff has diverse artistic and philosophical tastes, but a unifying factor at Rusted Radishes is the drive to seek out the highest quality work. Please drop us a line if you have specific inquiries for our editors.

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Rima Rantisi

Editor

Rima Rantisi is a faculty member in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut. She is the founding editor of Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal, which publishes artists and writers from Lebanon, its diaspora, and the region and is currently in its eighth circulation. Her essays can be found in the anthology Arab Women Voice New Realities, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Al Modon, and Sweet: A Literary Confection. Her essay “Days of Pearls,” published in The Slag Glass City was nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Ahmad Gharbieh

Design Editor

Ahmad Gharbieh is Assistant Professor in the graphic design program at the Department of Architecture and Design, American University of Beirut (AUB). He holds a Bachelor of Graphic Design from AUB and an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His scholarly work explores governmental visual identities, information design, and mapping as a method of researching, representing and analyzing socio-spatial phenomena.

Milia Ayache

Milia Ayache

Drama Editor

Milia Ayache is a Beirut-based actor, writer, and Linux enthusiast. She recently appeared as the lead performer in Angelmakers: Song for female Serial Killers. Her writing has appeared in American Theatre Magazine as well as the book Stages of Resistance: Theatre and Politics in Capitalocene (NoPassport Press). Milia teaches playwriting and creative writing at The American University of Beirut and holds an MFA from The American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.

Lina Ghaibeh

Lina Ghaibeh

Graphic Narratives Editor

Lina Ghaibeh is a practicing comics and animation artist living in Beirut, and associate professor at the department of Architecture & Design, at the American University of Beirut. She is founder and director of the Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics initiative at AUB, and her research focuses on Comics from the Arab world as part of contemporary Arab Culture. She edited the graphic novel Kissas Muthawara: Graphic Narratives from the Revolution 2019, and her most recent essay is “Women in Comics from the Arab World.” Her creative work has been exhibited at several international film festivals and comics Salons. Lina is an identical twin, the evil one.

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Zeina G. Halabi

Arabic Editor

Zeina G. Halabi is Associate Professor of Arabic Literature at the American University of Beirut. She specializes in modern Arabic literature with particular interest in questions of loss, mourning, and dissidence in contemporary literature and visual culture. In her first book The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual: Prophecy, Exile, and the Nation (2017), she examines the depiction of Arab intellectuals in post-1990s fiction and film. She has authored articles on the shifting notion of political commitment in the writings of canonical and emerging Arab writers.

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Omar Mismar

Art Editor

Omar Mismar is an interdisciplinary artist based in Beirut. He holds an MFA in Fine Arts and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, which he attended on a Fulbright scholarship. He partook in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016 and the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2017. He has participated in exhibitions in San José Museum of Art, San José (2018), Tabakalera, San Sebastian (2018), MoMA, New York (2018), Homeworks 8, Beirut (2019) among others. His work explores the entanglement of art and politics and the aesthetics of disaster via a particular interest in performative obliqueness, rehearsal, and translation. Mismar is Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the American University in Beirut.

Rana Issa

Rana Issa

Translation Editor

Rana Issa is Assistant professor of Translation Studies at the American University of Beirut. She obtained her Ph.D at the University of Oslo. She has published historical studies about the Bible, Arabic lexicography, Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, and is currently working on translation in contemporary Syrian literature and film. She has translated theory and literature between Arabic, English, and Norwegian. Rana debuted as a poetry translator with Rusted Radishes. She is a proud Beiruti and mother of two.

Nour Annan

Nour Annan

Social Media Coordinator

Nour Annan is a writer and multimedia artist from Beirut. She studied English Literature, Theatre, and Visual Culture at the American University of Beirut, and currently spends her time jumping between projects – on stage, on paper, on cameras, on screens. Her work can be found in Rusted Radishes: The Political City and poetry anthology And We Chose Everything.

Sima Qunsol

Sima Qunsol

Web Content Editor

Sima Qunsol is a Jordanian writer who studied English literature, media studies, and creative writing at the American University of Beirut. She finds small pleasures in her camera’s shutter sound, Mark Rothko’s late paintings, singing while she cooks, and writing nostalgic poetry in the shade of her mishmish tree in Amman.

Nur Turkmani

Nur Turkmani

Web Content Editor

Nur Turkmani is a Syrian-Lebanese researcher based in Beirut, working on economic development, gender, and secularism in the Middle East. She was previously Rusted Radishes‘ Managing Editor and is currently an editor at large. Nur’s writing and poetry have been published in Eclectica, Sukoon, Juxtaprose, London Poetry, the New Arab, and others.

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Christy Choueiri

Poetry Editor

Christy Choueiri is a graduate student of English Lit at the American University of Beirut. Her interests include gender, sexuality, queerness, and disability. She has been with Rusted Radishes since 2014 and is grateful for an outlet for both her perfectionism and appreciation for verse and raw emotion.

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Giovanni Vimercati

Film & TV Editor

Giovanni Vimercati is a freelance critic whose work (often under the pseudonym Celluloid Liberation Front) has appeared on LA Review of Books, Film Comment, The Guardian, Cinema Scope, New Statesman, The Brooklyn Rail, The Independent, Variety, Filmmaker Magazine, Huffington Post and others.

Zein Zaher

Zein Zaher

Assistant Poetry Editor

Zein Zaher is an Industrial Engineering graduate from AUB with a minor in Creative Writing. He spends most of his time arguing about technology, history and pop culture with friends and strangers. He has also written five films and three novels, but only in his head.

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Lina Hassoun

Assistant Nonfiction Editor

Lina Hassoun is fascinated by words and silences. In a parallel universe, she speaks 17 languages, has 21 degrees, and masters all the trades of Jack. In this one, she is a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate of the American University of Beirut. She has soft spots for elephants, cinnamon, and lavender. Her favorite writing medium is pencil on table-tops.

Mariam Shour

Mariam Shour

Assistant Nonfiction Editor

Mariam Shour is a writer based in Beirut, Lebanon. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BA in Media and Communications and a minor in Creative Writing. Mariam is currently an English copywriter at Leo Burnett – Procter & Gamble.

Careen Matta

Careen Matta

Assistant Art Editor

Careen Matta is an architect, graduated from the American University of Beirut. She loves fashion, food and art in all its forms. Spot the curly hair with a colorful dress and her avocado juice? It’s her.

Dima Nasser

Dima Nasser

Assistant Translation Editor

Dima Nasser is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Brown University. She is interested in the verbal-visual interplay inherent to the Arabic letter as well as representations of undermined voices in graphic art and literature. She is a translator, editor, museum lover, and enjoys cooking to music on vinyl.

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Nanor Vosgerichian

Assistant Drama Editor

Nanor Vosgerichian is studying English Literature at the American University of Beirut. An aspiring writer, she most enjoys going to the movies, reading plays, talking about her latest TV obsessions, and dabbling with art. Her favorite mediums of expression include watercolor, photography, and dry humor.

Nourhane Kazak

Nourhane Kazak

Fiction Reader

Nourhane is the fiction reader at Rusted Radishes. She is on a journey of reconciliation; of bringing together the stubborn child, the restless witch and the wandering sage. She seeks writing that is unsettling, raw and slightly mad—always in search of the truth that would bring fiction to its knees.

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Celine Aljamil

Fiction Reader

Celine Aljamil is studying Media and Communications at the American Univeristy of Beirut. She is the founder of Documented Experiences, a creative platform based in the city. She also writes her own in the form of spoken word poetry or short prose via her blog: tonguetiedwriter.wordpress.com. Celine is an aspiring journalist and a contributing writer at Watchdogs Gazette, a student lead publication.

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Dana Al Assir

Designer

Dana Al Assir is graphic design student at AUB. She’s passionate about arabic typography, linocut printing and photography. Her goal is to make people smile and escape their everyday troubles through her colorful designs. P.S. she bakes cookies to die for.

Cynthia Jeitani

Cynthia Jeitani

Designer

Cynthia Jeitani is a Graphic Design student at AUB. She has so much love for creativity, innovation and imagination. Simplicity and elegancy are generally the words that describe her works. Mainly, her target in life is to pursue her love for design and organizing as a way to create a change in the world and help those who are in need.

Lara El Makkawi

Lara El Mekkawi

English Copy Editor

Lara El Mekkawi is a writer, editor, and instructor of English. With an MA in English Literature and an interest in Cosmopolitanism and World Literature, Lara studies the complicated connotations behind being a part of the world. She currently teaches English Literature at AUB and freelances as a book editor.

Sara Safieddine

Sara Safieddine

Assistant Arabic Editor

Majoring in Nutrition at the American University of Beirut and studying Arabic as a Minor. Also majoring in Cinema and Television at the Lebanese University. Interested in short film-making and the reading and analysis of contemporary Arabic novels.

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Riwa Roukoz

Assistant Arabic Editor

Riwa Roukoz is the Assistant Editor of Arabic at Rusted Radishes. She is a freelance writer and editor and is currently doing her M.A. in English Literature at AUB. She is also the founder of Writers Beirut, a local community for aspiring, emerging and professional writers to connect, inspire and work in the city. In her writings, she explores Arab identity, queer existence, mental health and self-discovery. Her research interest is focused on gender and sexual identity in Middle Eastern and North African literature.

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Jullanar

Arabic Copy Editor

Jullanar is a sociology student at the American University of Beirut. She is completing a minor in theater, but she is not a performer. She considers theater as a tool to understand self, voice, body, and space, and to breath out the mess in her head. Her skills include voice-overs, Arabic proofreading, and field research. She is interested in the intersection of art, sociology, psychology, and philosophy.

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Nour Naffaa

Website Manager

Nour Naffaa graduated with a dual degree in Business and Chemistry, yet found her calling elsewhere –  she had decided to rekindle her bygone thirst for the word, the sentence and the literary creation. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in English Literature at the American University of Beirut. Her interests, in addition to books, fall upon Music, Art, Coffee & Kindness.

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Stefany Salemeh

Prose Reader

Stefany Salemeh is a Lebanese-Brazilian student currently pursuing an M.A. in English Literature at the American University of Beirut. Her focus is on exploring liminal identities and embracing their fragmentation within cultures and spaces. Stefany spends most of her time reading anything she can get her hands on, binge watching countless TV shows, and crocheting as many baby blankets as she can.

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Sabine Bou Saba

Poetry Reader

Sabine Bou Saba is a psychology student at the American University of Beirut, with minors in creative writing and women & gender studies. She explores topics relating to gender and discrimination through her poetry and prose, aiming to unveil untold stories and challenge harmful societal norms.

Elias Bechara

Elias Bechara

Events Team

Elias Bechara is a part time cosmonaut, writer, events coordinator, and a full time English Literature master’s student at AUB. He loves the color yellow, road trips, adventures, languages, and the occasional gluten-free chocolate cake.

Noura Kalo

Noura Kalo

Events Team

Noura Kalo studies Media and Communications, English Literature, Film and Visual Culture, and Creative Writing at AUB. She cannot decide whether she belongs in the throws of the Lebanese literary tradition or the constant progression of Western academia, so she chooses to situate herself at the intersection of the two. Her interests have ebbed and flowed between fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Her most recent creative obsession is event planning.

Advisory Board

Marilyn Hacker
Roseanne Khalaf
Lina Mounzer
Zeina Halabi
Doyle Avant

Founding Team

Crystal Hoffman
Rima Rantisi
Sarah Fawaz
Joanna Abillama
Hiba Krisht
Boushra Batlouni
Ghiwa Sayegh
Sahar Khreibani
Hicham Faraj
Aya Krisht
Louis Ghanem