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 and founding editor of Rusted Radishes. Her essays can be found in the anthology Arab Women Voice New Realities, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Sweet: A Literary Confection. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Ahmad Gharbieh

Faculty 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. He has coedited and acted as creative director and principal mapper of three contributed volumes on urban research, and his work in critical cartography has been exhibited in Beirut, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Rotterdam, and Sharjah, covering many subjects including urban security, public space and, most recently, refugee practices in the city.

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Vicken Margossian

Executive Manager

Vicken Margossian is a Lebanese editor, teacher, and writer born and raised in Libya in 1996 to an Egyptian mother and a Lebanese/Armenian father. He holds a degree in English Literature from the American University of Beirut (’17) and acts as the Executive Manager of Rusted Radishes and the Editor-in-Chief of Dar Magazine, the biannual magazine of Dar Al-Handasah. An avid film fan, he devotes his free time to writing reviews and news pieces for his start-up, Reel Rambler, which he hopes to expand into a media and production company to support rising Arab and Armenian filmmakers.

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Milia Ayache

Faculty 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.

Rana Issa

Rana Issa

Translation & Arabic 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. This is her first time translating poetry. She is a proud Beiruti and mother of two.

Lina Ghaibeh

Lina Ghaibeh

Graphic Narratives Editor

Lina Ghaibeh is an associate professor of Graphic Design, and director of the Arab Comics Initiative at AUB. Her research focuses on Comics from the Arab world, including most recently Telling Graphic Stories of the Region: Arab Comics after the Revolution, and Women in Comics from the Arab World. Lina is a practicing comics and animation artist, and she is an identical twin, the evil one.

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Sima Qunsol

Fiction 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.

Nour Annan

Nour Annan

Fiction Editor

Nour Annan is a 20-year-old Lebanese-American writer, editor, photographer, artist, and full-time dilettante residing in Beirut.

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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.

Zein Zaher

Zein Zaher

Assistant Poetry Editor

Zein Zaher is an industrial engineering student at AUB. He spends most of his time arguing about pop culture with friends and strangers. He has also written five films and three novels, but only in his head.

Lina Hassoun

Lina Hassoun

Assistant Non-fiction Editor

Lina 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 CEE student at AUB. She has soft spots for elephants, cinnamon, and lavender. Her favorite writing medium is pencil on tabletops.

Mariam Shour

Mariam Shour

Social Media Manager & Assistant Nonfiction Editor

Mariam Shour is a 22-year-old 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.

Tanja van Deer

Tanja Van Deer

Art Editor

Tanja van Deer’s work is a playground for the verbal, the visual, and the visceral. Recently, she has found herself naturally gravitating toward the more challenging facets of the human experience, namely bereavement, mortality and entropic impermanence. Her first solo show in Beirut, “In Memoriam: Musings on Mortality,” explored the affective dimension of grief through interactive sound. Her second show at Art on 56th, “Absence/Presence,” reinterpreted the trauma experienced by families of the disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War. tanjavandeer.com

Saba Sadr

Saba Sadr

Art Editor

Saba Sadr is an Iranian-Lebanese artist in Beirut. She likes collaborative projects and tries to capture growth and change in her work. Her preferred aesthetically pleasing things range from decrepit urban walls to random noise. You can see her work on her blogs, Intraweaving and Outerweavings.

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Maya Chamseddine

Marketing Designer

Maya Chams is a third year graphic design student at AUB. She is constantly ecstatic and obsessed with fonts. Her dream – other than being able to identify every typeface ever made – is to contribute in creating a clear visual identity for Lebanon; one that is a translation of the country’s rich/explosive culture.

Nour Nehme

Nour Nehme

Layout Designer

Nour Nehme is an AUB third year student, pursuing a bachelor degree of fine arts in graphic design. She is a travel lover, interested in exploring new cultures. Since she started volunteering a year ago, she aims to become more involved in humanitarian activities.

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Michelle Hamed

Layout Designer

Michelle Hamed, is currently a Graphic Design student at the American University of Beirut. She is a 22-year-old human that looks like a 15-year-old and is conveniently pocket size. She loves llamas, cacti, and travelling. She turns red, extremely red, or even purple when she’s shy, angry, or happy.

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Assile Chehab

Website Design Editor

Assile Chehab is currently a graphic design student at AUB. She’s obsessed about what she’s doing, as well as politics and typography. She dreams about working with arabic typography while living in Berlin.

Elias Bechara

Elias Bechara

Community Outreach

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

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Layla Khuri

Community Outreach
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Nanor Vosgerichian

Community Outreach

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.

Advisory Board

Marilyn Hacker
Niloufar Afnan
Roseanne Khalaf
Lina Mounzer
Rana Issa
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