Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal features exclusive works from a diverse collection of emerging and established writers and artists whose colorful pieces form a striking cross-genre collage of fluid symbols of the Lebanese psyche in poetry, prose, drama, and art. Housed in the American University of Beirut’s English Department, RR is edited and designed by a staff of faculty and students from both the Departments of English and Architecture and Design. RR presents the best of student and faculty writing and art at AUB as well as of writers and artists from a broad, even international, scope with a tangible connection to Lebanon. It defines its base as a Beirut publication in hopes of nurturing an evolving creative community that is equally willing to teach, learn, praise, and critique.
This journal was conceptualized by faculty editors from the Department of English at the American University of Beirut, Crystal Hoffman (former) and Rima Rantisi, yet the entire founding staff played major roles in formulating the mission of Rusted Radishes. The original staff consisted of Hiba Krisht as Fiction Editor, Boushra Batlouni as Poetry Editor, Joanna Abillama as Creative Nonfiction Editor, Ghiwa Sayegh as Drama Editor, Sara Fawaz as Managing Editor, Louis Ghanem as Fiction Reader, Aya Krisht as the Media Manager and design team, and Sahar Khraibani and Hicham Faraj as Design and Art Editors. To see our current staff, go here.
Rusted Radishes was also made possible by its predecessor, The Banyan Tree, AUB’s first student literary magazine, which was founded by Ghassan Zeinnedine’s Contemporary Writers students and generously funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation grant for Arts and Humanities, as was the first issue of Rusted Radishes. Currently partially supported by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at AUB, and in its third circulation, Rusted Radishes is happy to be alive and thanks you for your support!