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FICTION RICE FIELDS Joel Accad is a Singaporean/Swiss/Lebanese graduate student of Business Administration at the American University of Beirut. He was born and raised in Singapore, where he completed mandatory military service before attending his undergraduate in Beirut. This curious mix of cultures has given him a unique perspective and shaped his style of writing.

COFFEE ON THE STOVE Christopher Alam is an undergraduate at the University of California Davis. He spends much of his spare time reading and writing, and in 2018 he wrote and produced a feature length film. He aspires to become a full-time writer or journalist for a living after university.

PRESS, RELEASE Jim Quilty is a Beirut-based Canadian writer, journalist, critic and editor. He's written about the arts, cultural production and politics of the Middle East and North Africa since the late Mamluk period. More recently he's edited the arts and culture section of an English-language paper called The Daily Star, published journalism in sundry magazines and generally avoided writing publishable fiction. He's preparing a nonfiction book on the work and practice of Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari.

NONFICTION THE BLAST Eveline Hitti is an Associate Professor in Clinical Emergency Medicine and Chairperson of the Department of Emergency Medicine at AUB. She graduated with an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2002, where she also completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine. After spending four years at Medstar Health and completing her MBA at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Dr. Hitti joined AUB in 2009 where she has focused her effort on advancing the field of emergency medicine.

AURAL DISQUIET Hala Auji is a writer and art historian living in Beirut. She is an assistant professor at the American University of Beirut where she lectures on the art, architecture, and material culture of the Middle East and Islamic world. Her work focuses on the visual dimensions of modernity in the eastern Mediterranean, including print culture, book history, museum practices, and portraiture. She is the author of Printing Arab Modernity: Book Culture and the American Press in Nineteenth-Century Beirut (Brill, 2016).

HETERONORMATIVE CONSPIRACY Ahmed Awadalla is a writer, psychosocial worker, sex educator, retired pharmacist, and recovering workaholic. For the last decade, moving between Cairo and Berlin, their work has focused on the intersections of health, sexuality, gender, and migration. They are currently based in Berlin and work with Berliner Aids-Hilfe, providing counseling and informa- tion on HIV/AIDS and sexual health. Their writing has been featured on several platforms and can also be accessed on the blog Rebel with A Cause.

THE DIFFICULT WOMAN Carmen Geha is a political activist and writer living in Beirut. She is an Associate Professor of Public Administration, Leadership, and Organizational Development at AUB, by day. Her research is derived from her experiences and so she sees her academic work as a form of self-critique and continuous learning, deliberately blurring the lines between scholarship and activism. Her favourite pastime is dancing. She is the eldest of three sisters and the daughter of wonderful parents who reside in Kfarchima.


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