Reading: Zeina Hashem Beck in NYC
Please join us in welcoming visiting poet Zeina Hashem Beck for a reading at Pen and Brush. Zeina will be joined by poets Tala Abu Rahmeh and Gabriel Don for an afternoon of women poets sharing their words.
Tala Abu Rahmeh is a poet and translator. She holds an MFA in Poetry from The American University in Washington, DC. She is a regular contributor to Mashallah News Magazine in Beirut and Wherever Magazine in New York City. Her poems have been published in a number of magazines and books including Naomi Shihab Nye’s Time to Let me In: 25 under 25. Parts of her memoir-in-progress were just published in a non-fiction book about Beirut titled Beirut Re-collected, published by Tamyras Publishers and available in both French and English. Her poem “Cape Cod,” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet whose first collection, To Live in Autumn (The Backwaters Press, 2014), has won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. It was also runner-up for the 2014 Julie Suk Award, category finalist for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Awards, and has been included on Split This Rock’s list of recommended poetry books for 2014. Her work has been repeatedly nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, River Styx, Poetry Daily, The Common, Copper Nickel, Rattle, 32 Poems, Mslexia, Magma, and The Rialto, among others. Her poetry manuscript, Louder than Hearts, has been recently named runner-up for the 2015 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Zeina is a strong performer of her poems, and she regularly reads at festivals, poetry events, theaters, schools, and universities around the Middle East. She lives in Dubai, where she has founded and runs the poetry and open mic collective PUNCH. Her website is www.zeinahashembeck.com.
Gabriel Don received her MFA in creative writing at The New School, where she worked as the Reading Series and Chapbook Competition Coordinator. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, A Minor, Westerly, Mascara Literary Review, The Legendary, Transtierros (translated into Spanish), Gargoyle 62, LiveMag! 12 and Three Rooms Press MAINTENANT 9. Don also interviews people at Gainsayer. She has appeared in visual poems such as Woman Without Umbrella and Unbound, started several reading-soiree series, worked as an editor on publications such as LIT and has received press for her writing work including Antipodes Journal, Quiet Lunch, Let Them Talk, Art Loves Her, Yes Poetry! and Great Weather for Media. She currently teaches writing at BMCC.
The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs to <RSVP@penandbrush.org> are encouraged but not required.