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


Rima Rantisi teaches at the American University of Beirut and is the founding editor of Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal. Her essays can be found in Literary Hub, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Sweet: A Literary Confection, and Past Ten. 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 and Art Director

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.

Nur Turkmani

Nur Turkmani

Website Managing 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.

Nour Annan

Nour Annan

Web Content Image Editor

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.


Madeline Edwards

Web Content Editor

Madeline Edwards is a journalist and translator in Beirut, and the English editor for SyriaUntold. Her reporting has been published in The New Humanitarian, Middle East Eye, The National, Mada Masr, and others. Her literary translation has appeared in ArabLit Quarterly and Rusted Radishes. Find Madeline on Twitter at @MEdwardsJO


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.

Dima Nasser

Dima Nasser

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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Giovanni Vimercati

Film 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.

Nourhane Kazak

Nourhane Kazak

Assistant Fiction Editor

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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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.


Louai Kaakani

Assistant Art Editor

Louai Kaakani is a practicing landscape architect who previously graduated with dual degrees in architecture and studio arts from AUB. He loves sparking debates about urban justice and the rights of people to shape their own space. If you’d rather find him in a quieter setting, then you’d want to look for him somewhere he can silently appreciate socially driven and politically engaging artwork. He’ll attack anyone who criticizes Beirut, and anyone who doesn’t, weirdly enough. 


Noha Khalifeh

Assistant Art Editor

Noha Khalifeh is a visual artist based in Beirut. She studied Fine Arts at the American University of Beirut and finds joy in constantly exploring and experimenting in painting and photography as mediums. She is mostly interested in capturing a narrative through photography, studying light though her paintings and implementing quirkiness and sarcasm in her writing. 


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.


Fatima Kassem Moussa

Assistant Translation Editor

Fatima Kassem Moussa is an English Literature graduate student at the American University of Beirut. She is the founder of Scrapit.lb, a platform that promotes scrapbooking as a therapeutic experience of self-expression. Her research interests include code-switching, resistance literature, and biographical writing, but those will probably change with the weather.


Zeead Yaghi

Webzine Assistant Editor

Zeead Yaghi is a PhD candidate in History at the University of California San Diego.

Loulwa Chehab

Loulwa Chehab


Loulwa is a Graphic Design student at AUB. She is a die-hard advocate for giving everyone a voice and translating thoughts, ideas, and identities into artwork. She enjoys learning from others and broadening her design interests to better serve the community. Loulwa would love to create colorful work that matches her personality and people that surround her.

P.S: You’ll always find her by the sea catching inspiration.

Dala Takieddine

Dala Takeiddine


Dala is a Graphic Design student at AUB. She is looking to find what she is passionate about by learning new things and going through new experiences. Her inspiration comes from the hidden gems of the city of Beirut and its heritage, but Dala also loves to travel and discover different cultures to expand her creativity. She wishes to have a positive impact on people she meets and put a smile on their faces. She hopes to do that through her work as a designer. 

Aya el Katerji

Aya Katerji


Aya is a Graphic Design student at AUB. She has a deep appreciation for art and design, and strives to make work that helps communities. Aya aims to empower and educate through her work and hopes to leave a positive impact wherever life takes her. Her ultimate dream is to design a spaceship so that her work can literally be “out of this world”. That, and meeting Beyoncé.


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.

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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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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.

Perla Kantarjian

Pearla Kantarjian

Web Content Reader

Perla Kantarjian is a Lebanese-Armenian writer, editor, journalist, and literature instructor residing in Beirut. She has a BA in English Studies and has had her creative writings published in over thirty journals and publications worldwide, the most recent being the International Literary Quarterly, Epoch Press, NonBinary Review, and Harpy Hybrid Review. Formerly, she was the executive editor of Carpe Diem, the literary segment of Annahar Newspaper. Kantarjian teaches English literature at the International College, drinks a whole lotta coffee, obsesses over hiking, and writes for Bookstr

Mariam Shour

Mariam Shour

Web Content Reader

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.


Nour Naffaa

Webzine 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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Loma Komeiha

Administrative Assistant

Loma is an Economics student at AUB. She is the News Section Editor for the AUB publication Outlook and a freelance writer for the American University of Paris (AUP) publication, the Peacock Plume Monthly. You’ll find her practicing the piano, learning a new language, or sipping some coffee in her free time.

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Riwa Roukoz

Events Coordinator

Riwa Roukoz 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.


Hana Afram

Social Media Coordinator

Hana Afram is a Jordanian Media and Communications graduate from AUB. Her interests include the stage and screen, which she’s currently pursuing in the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. But her love of media studies follows wherever she goes, which is why she’s at Rusted Radishes!


Sara Moussa

Social Media Community Manager
Sara Moussa is an economics student at the American University of Beirut, minoring in Media studies. Previously, she worked as a writer and editor at Outlook Newspaper, a student-led publication. With a blend of curiosity, writing, and research, one of her key interests is exploring economic development and international affairs in the MENA region.

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