Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet whose first collection, To Live in Autumn (The Backwaters Press, 2014), won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. It was also a runner up for the Julie Suk Award, a 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 second poetry manuscript, titled Louder than Hearts, has recently been named runner-up for Bauhan Publishing’s 2015 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.
Beck has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (most recently by Ploughshares), as well as Best of the Net, and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in various literary magazines, among which are Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, River Styx, The Common, Mizna, Rattle, 32 Poems, Mslexia, Magma, and The Rialto.
Beck 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 with her husband and two daughters in Dubai, where she runs the poetry and open mic collective PUNCH.