Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck’s first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. She has two forthcoming chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a Laureate’s Choice from smith|doorstop, recommended by Carol Ann Duffy. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Forward Prize, and appears in Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, and the Rialto, among others. Her website is zeinahashembeck.com.*


These streets are littered with little girls who carry / Asmahan’s eyes in their faces. This one has a voice / like feathers.


You’re telling yourself he’s fine. He didn’t go to the mosque today. / Again, your mother screams. Your father is running up, / is down, the whole town is down.