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, Slag Glass City and Rusted Radishes. Her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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زينة الحلبي

محرّرة القسم العربي

زينة الحلبي، أكاديمية وكاتبة تهتمّ بالثقافة العربية المعاصرة. صدر لها كتاب عن تمثيل المثقّف في الأدب والسينما منذ تسعينات القرن الماضي ومقالات حول الأدب المعاصر والموسيقى والثقافة البصرية. عملت أستاذة جامعية في الولايات المتحدة والجامعة الأميركية في بيروت. لا تهوى الترجمة، ولكن هناك نصوص تعترضها دون خجل أو سابق إنذار.

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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.

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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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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.

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Nourhane Kazak

Assistant Poetry Editor

Nourhane Kazak is the Assistant Poetry Editor at Rusted Radishes. She has been writing and performing poetry in Beirut for over seven years. Nourhane models her poetry on the processes of the mind and body as they unfold in real-time. She enjoys dismantling language and exploring the limitations and possibilities of syntax, pushing the medium to new functions. Her creative practice traces the corporeal experience of language through experiments with body and voice. She sees language as a playground to explore consciousness and the subconscious, impulses, neuroses, obsessions, dreams, the severed relationship to nature and the non-human world, time, words, sound, thoughts, and all this imagined living. 

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Lin Dabbous

Assistant Art Editor

Lin is an architect based in Beirut. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Art History and Curating at the American University of Beirut.


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May Ghaibeh

Design and Art Director

May Ghaibeh is a 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.


Nur Turkmani

Nur Turkmani

Contributing 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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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

Contributing 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

Contributing 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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Angela Brussel

Contributing Editor

Angela Brussel is an American-Armenian-Lebanese writer and photographer based in Beirut with nonfiction and fiction that have appeared in New Statesman, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, and Electric Literature to name a few. She is also the founder of Nour Jan Presents This Diaspora Life, a multi-media project that uses oral histories and archival music to do ethnographic deep dives into diaspora communities around the world.


Mai Serhan

Contributing Editor

Mai Serhan is a writer, editor and translator. She holds a BA in English & Comparative Literature and MA in Arabic Literature from the American University in Cairo, as well as an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She is the winner of the Narratively Memoir Prize for Return is a Thing of Amber, and the Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Award for her collection, CAIRO: the undelivered letters. Find her work here: www.maiserhan.com.

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Pearla Kantarjian


Perla Kantarjian is an award-winning Lebanese-Armenian writer, journalist, and editor, with writings in 30+ publications, most recently Electric Literature, Magma, and The Poetry Society. Formerly, she was the executive editor of Carpe Diem, the literary segment of Annahar Newspaper. Her work has been recognized by the Southbank Centre, Palette Poetry’s 2022 Sappho Prize for Women Poets, and Black Lawrence Press’ 2022 St. Lawrence Book Award, among others. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

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