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Tomorrow, May 8, is a historic day in Beirut. Eight months of highly dedicated volunteering and campaigning has culminated to one single day: ELECTION DAY. It’s the first time an entire list runs together for municipality with one single goal in mind: to improve the living conditions of the city and its people. This is the first time that members of the 80% who did not vote the last round actually have a CHOICE – and a good, clean one. Tomorrow, if you have the privilege to vote in Beirut, it’s the only thing you should do. Then go home and curl up with a good book – or journal 🙂

Vote ‪#‎beirutmadinati‬

The front page of the Web site now leads you to everything you need to know about where and how to vote.




The Rusted Radishes Ambassador Program

We’re happy to announce that as of March 2016, we will be launching The Rusted Radishes Ambassador Program. This program targets regions in Lebanon and around the world. Our ambassadors are our global representatives and they will be working on increasing exposure in their respective areas. They’ll help us find new distribution points in their areas and integrate the journal into their regions. The program is a year long but can be extended depending on each ambassador’s performance.

If interested, send your cv to along with a brief description of who you are and make sure to answer the following questions:

1) Why should we choose you?

2) What are some ideas you hope to implement if you are chosen to be a Rusted Radishes Ambassador?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Call for Submissions!


Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal calls for submissions for its fifth issue, “The Political City: The Human Condition in a Politically Charged Landscape.”
From December 1 – April 1
Looking forward to receiving new pieces for the fifth issue from old and new writers and artists!

Issue 4: TRANS- has LAUNCHED!


On Friday the 13th, the Beirut community welcomed Rusted Radishes’ fourth issue, “Trans-,” with open arms in a cozy, and humble artsy setting in l’appartement.  The evening was a reminder that art is and will always be a safe sanctuary. The launch party was a great success, with people standing around the room, listening to the readers, chomping on some appetizers, and sipping on wine.

Offering the audience a glimpse of what was inside the journal, every reading, whether it was Nur Turkmani’s dense poem “Ana Katel Nafsi” or Maya Ayache’s brave non-fiction piece, “Toilet Bowl,” touched the audience in a distinct way. Other readings included Christie Chouieri’s “XX” and Lina Mounzer’s translation of  Chaza Charafeddine’s fiction piece, “A Dream Devouring Itself.” The night ended with Reem Chalaan’s reading of “Mango Sorbet” (so nice to meet you, Reem!) and Doyle Avant’s — always sultry — reading of his latest script.

The journal was toasted with wine and refreshments, accompanied by low-key music from the talented Jean Pierre Abillama notably known as JP and booming vocals of Ghida El- Badri, and guitarist Zafer El-Hassan. For those who couldn’t find a seat up at the front and couldn’t hear properly standing in the back, we apologize for the muffled sound system!

It was awesome that we ran out of all 160 journals we brought to the event. That was unexpected! Thanks to our student designers, Chantal Kassarjian and Diana Bou Dakka, for designing our tote bags. Pretty, pretty!

It was refreshing to have a couple of hours dedicated to passionate self-expression and strangers from the Lebanese community gathering for one cause, to support and celebrate the fourth issue — to celebrate art.

Thank you to our sponsors IXSIR and AUB, and to our loyal readers and curious newcomers for celebrating the fourth issue “TRANS-“ with us, and a special thank you to the contributors whose work is showcased in the issue!

We hope to see you again next year and we are eagerly looking forward to receiving new pieces for the fifth issue from old and new writers and artists! Issue five will focus on the theme, “The Political City.” Please check here for more submission details.

For those who missed the launch, journals will be on sale locally by Friday the 28th, and internationally by the end of the year. Here’s where we sell ’em.

A massive thank you to Bahaa Ghoussainy and Wiem Ben Rim for capturing our special night in pictures!





Launch Party of Issue #4 â€śTRANS-“


It is that time of year again! Since 2012, Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal has been mining and annually publishing literature and art by writers and artists based in Lebanon or abroad, who have a connection to the country. Now, in its fourth circulation, the latest issue entitled TRANS- is soon up for grabs!

Rusted Radishes invites the community to join in supporting the work of exceptional writers and artists published in the journal. Come celebrate the launch of the fourth issue on Friday November 13, at 6:30 pm at l’appartement in Ashrafieh, Sioufi Street. Don’t miss the first chance to see this year’s issue and hear live readings from writers with featured work in the journal. The night will include performances and a live band, accompanied with IXSIR wine, refreshments, and 50 limited edition totes for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Tickets for the launch party will be sold in front of West Hall on Monday, Nov 9, Tuesday, Nov 10 and Wednesday, Nov 11, from 10-1 pm. You may also purchase your ticket at the door. Reservations can be made beforehand via email:

Two packages are available:

  • $20 package will include a ticket for the launch, a journal and a tote.
  • $10 package will get you a ticket for the launch party and a journal.

Please note that there are 50 totes available only! They are limited edition and cost $20 on their own, so hurry up and grab the exclusive $20 package! Rusted Radishes is a nonprofit publication and all funds raised will go towards Rusted Radishes operations and publishing the fifth issue in 2016.

Our event is sponsored by the American University of Beirut (AUB), and IXSIR.

Looking forward to seeing you there!