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38 THE FISHERMEN Mario Jamal Mario Jamal is a Lebanese Canadian writer interested in the anxieties of the unrealized, fallacies in everyday logic, and the blur between reality and imagination. He writes short works of f iction, poetry, and essays.

90 HUNTERS Margo Berdeshevsky Margo Berdeshevsky, born in New York city, often lives and writes now in Paris. She is the author of Before the Drought (Glass Lyre Press, 2017) a f inalist for the National Poetry Series, Between Soul & Stone, But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press,) and Beautiful Soon Enough (Fiction Collective Two.) She is a past recipient of the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared internationally, in Plume, Poetry International, New Letters, The Kenyon Review, and many other journals.


43 THE SEA TAKES UP RESIDENCE IN ALL PARTS OF THE CITY Joy Amina Garnett Joy Amina Garnett’s artwork and writings have appeared in an eclectic array of publications, including Evergreen Review, Ibraaz, Full Blede, Ping Pong, Edible Brooklyn, and The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook. She is working on a memoir that draws on the life and work of her late grandfather, the Egyptian Romantic poet and bee scientist Ahmed Zaky Abushâdy

(1892–1955). She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband who is also an artist.

52 I DON’T LIKE BARS Riwa Roukoz Riwa Roukoz is a freelance writer and an English Literature student at AUB. She published her f irst poetry book and in 2017. She is the founder of Writers Beirut, a local community for aspiring, emerging and professional writers to connect, inspire and work in the city. In her writings, she explores Arab identity, queer existence, self-love, and self-discovery through traveling. She is also interested in researching themes of gender and sexuality in contemporary Middle Eastern literature.


18 LIKE WATER Rana Elbowety Rana Elbowety is an Egyptian PhD student of English literature and is currently assistant lecturer of literature at Misr International University in Cairo, Egypt. She is also a translator and creative writer working on her f irst novel and wrapping up a collection of poetry. Her latest publication is a piece of f lash f iction published in The University of Edinburgh Journal (December 2018 issue).

20 THIS SEA, WROUGHT & TEMPESTUOUS Philip Metres Philip Metres is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (forthcoming 2020), The Sound of Listening (essays, 2018), Sand Opera (poems, 2015), Pictures at an Exhibition (poems, 2016), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of

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