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Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her third full-length poetry collection, O, will be published by Penguin Books in Summer 2022. Her second collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 smith|doortop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her debut, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize.  

Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, The New York Times, The Adroit Journal, The Academy of American Poets, Poetry London, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. Her poem “Maqam” won Poetry Magazine’s 2017 Frederick Bock Prize. She’s guest-edited a special Arab issue for the Australian journal Cordite Poetry Review, in which she curated work from forty-three poets, as well as essayists, that identify as Arab. Zeina’s invented a bilingual poetic form called The Duet, in which Arabic and English exist both independently and in conversation with each other. She currently lives in Dubai, where she has founded the poetry open mic night PUNCH.