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 in the Department of English 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 the New England Review, Literary Hub, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Past Ten, and Slag Glass City. Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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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.

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.

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.


Maha Ahmed

Poetry Editor

Maha Ahmed is an English Literature & Creative Writing PhD candidate at the University of Houston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Grist, The Adroit Journal, 580 Split, Rusted Radishes, The Recluse, and elsewhere. Her critical and creative work explores the Arab-American diaspora, late capitalism, World Literature, global feminism, and inter-religious history. She is currently the poetry editor at Rusted Radishes and the online nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast. Find her on twitter @mahaahmed81.

Nourhane Kazak

Nourhane Kazak

Assistant Poetry 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.


Nour Al Houda J Atieh

Assistant Prose Editor

Nour Al Houda J Atieh is an English Literature graduate student at the American University of Beirut. She is a full-time story thief, who sits in the corners and listens to old stories and gossip and writes them down. She is interested in postcolonial literature, Orientalism, Middle Eastern Studies, and comparative literature. Her dream is to research the Lebanese culture, society, language, and people and to produce a graphic novel about them.


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

Assistant Reviews Editor

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


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May Ghaibeh

Design and Art Director

May Ghaibeh is a veteran graphic designer based in Beirut, with experience over the past 25 years in motion graphics, websites, graphic design, and branding. Her core work lies in creative businesses, cultural institutions, TV channels, academia, and non-profit humanitarian organizations.


Nour El Kaddour


Nour El Kaddour is a Graphic Design student at AUB, with a minor in Media & Communications and Film & Visual Culture. She was the president of the AUB Cine Club, a member of the Musical Theatre Club and has written for the university paper- Outlook, and the independent student paper- Watchdogs Gazette, as well as several other university projects. She is currently the graphic designer, social media coordinator and multimedia artist for the Lebanese NGO Jeyetna. She is also partaking in multiple passion projects including screenplays, a comic and a graphic novel. She hopes that her projects will develop and push through into mainstream.


Nur Turkmani

Nur Turkmani

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 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.


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

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.

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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.

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

Administrative Assistant

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Serene Sbaity

Administrative Assistant

Serene Sbaity is an AUB graduate who studied English Literature with a minor in Media and Communications. She was a writer for the Local Arts and Culture section of the university’s newsletter Outlook and head of the Artists and Garment Makers’ group at Studio Madane. She took part in organizing and implementing several projects aimed towards enhancing the local literary and artistic scene.

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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!

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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.

Founding Team

Crystal Hoffman

Joanna Abillama

Ghinwa Sayegh

Aya Krisht

Rima Rantisi

Hiba Krisht

Sahar Khreibahi

Louis Ghanem

Sarah Fawaz

Boushra Batlouni

Hicham Faraj