note: links to and excerpts from reviews can be found within each book/chapbook's page.
select Interviews & Articles
GOOD MAGAZINE | We Weren't Born in the Cities We Long For: "I do not write to feed the voyeuristic gaze of the Western world. I fight against it. I also don’t want someone to say, ‘Oh, those poor Arabs’ when they read my poetry. I want them to Google—just as I have Googled in my reading of ‘white literature’ ...despite the fact that that experience wasn’t mine, I built that bridge."
THE HINDU | Tishani Doshi profiles Zeina Hashem Beck, with a focus on Louder than Hearts.
QANTARA | Our Broken Languages: "Even ads on TV – I memorised and performed them. I made up stories. I wrote definitions for words that were not the dictionary definitions, they were my definitions."
WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS | The City and the Writer: In Tripoli with Zeina Hashem Beck: "I’ve always carried/will always carry Tripoli within me"
SPEAKING OF MARVELS | Interview about There Was and How Much There Was and Louder than Hearts: "I think the act of writing poems is, in its essence, an act of translation."
AL JAZEERA ENGLISH | "When Death, war and song coexist" (October 2016) - Zahra Hankir speaks with Zeina Hashem Beck about her chapbook 3arabi Song, poetry, politics, loss, and language: "“Part of my job as a writer is to witness, to tell stories, to disrupt. This doesn't mean my poetry is only about displacement and war.”
THE POET AND THE POEM | Interview with Grace Cavalieri at the Library of Congress (Audio)
THE POETRY BUSINESS (click on "The Work) | Q&A with Zeina Hashem Beck (September 2016) - “We didn’t have too many books in the house. I remember I once nagged to my mother about that, and she said, half-jokingly, “Read the big blue French-Arabic dictionary over there.” And that was good advice.”
TETHERED BY LETTERS | "TBL Author Q&A Series" (January 2017)
L'ORIENT LE JOUR NEWSPAPER | "Zeina Hashem Beck: C'est l'ecriture qui vous choisit, pas le contraire" (August 2015)
BAZAAR MAGAZINE | "Zeina Hashem Beck's Ode to 'Byerouth'" (July 2015)
GEOSI READS: Interview with Lebanese Poet Zeina Hashem Beck (March 2015)
BARAKABITS | "Remembering Home with Lebanese Poet Zeina Hashem Beck" (March 2015)
SUKOON | Zeina Hashem Beck talks about To Live in Autumn, writing, Tripoli, Beirut, and motherhood (October 2014)
THE CULTURE TRIP and DANNAWRITES | "The Place Poet: Zeina Hashem Beck Remembers Beirut"(October 2014)