It's publication day today! LOUDER THAN HEARTS is here, from Bauhan Publishing. 😊💃🏻❤️
If you'd like to review it, if you'd like to Skype me into your class, or if you'd like me to read at your event, let me know! To order the book, check out the link below.
Go, little book.

Louder than Hearts Poems Zeina Hashem Beck 2016 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize winner 96 pp., 6.5 x 8.5, Paperback 978-0-87233-234-8 April 4, 2017 $16.00   “I don’t know how Zeina Hashem Beck is able to do this. Her poems feel like whole worlds—potent conversations with the self, the soul, the many land...
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“Louder than Hearts … borrows from the poetry of Iraqi poet Al Mutanabbi; the music of Umm Kulthum; the taste of kibbeh; and the grief of Aleppo. From the English, we hear echoes of the Harlem Renaissance, Nina Simone, William Shakespare, Homer, a Greek chorus, ABC News, and Frankz Kafka.”
--The National
Launching Louder than Hearts on Sunday the 19th:

Sun 8:00 PM UTC+04Intersect by Lexus DubaiDubai, United Arab Emirates
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The official Dubai launch of LOUDER THAN HEARTS is on Sunday November 19th, 8 p.m., at Intersect by Lexus Dubai. Gratitude to the Emirates Literature Foundation for supporting & for this lovely poster Friends & poetry lovers, come listen, ask questions, & share the joy! Here's the link to the event (please click & spread the word!):

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Good morning Dubai! See you tonight at 7 pm at Nadi el Quoz 🙂 I hear it's open gallery night too, so should be a fun walk around the avenue after the reading! Will be reading from LOUDER THAN HEARTS, & we can talk a little bit poetry & cities & love & song & languages & fatteh 💙 Yalla!
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"Louder than Hearts...carves out a shattering, sonorous new language from the interleaving of Arabic and English. It brings together not just words from the two... languages but their poetic forms, songs, stock characters and collective memories." The National review
Catch Zeina Hashem Beck's poetry reading and talk tomorrow at 7pm in Nadi Al Quoz, as part of Literaturhaus at Nadi. Register your interest at

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I'll be reading from/discussing/signing LOUDER THAN HEARTS on Wednesday Sept 13th at 7 PM at Nadi el Quoz, as part of the Literaturhaus events there.
Also check out their series of literary events happening throughout September! Yalla!

Wed 7:00 PM UTC+04Alserkal Avenue - the hub for arts & creativityDubai, United Arab Emirates
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Beirut friends, excited to share and talk about this new book with you tonight at Dar! Yalla!

Tue 7:30 PM UTC+03Dar Bistro & BooksBeirut, Lebanon
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Super grateful for this wonderful review of LOUDER THAN HEARTS in The National newspaper!
Best part? There's a photo of Umm Kulthum in there. #UmmKulthum #ElSitt #عظمة_على_عظمة

"In fewer than 100 pages, Louder than Hearts invents a fearless new language that shelters within both Arabic and English [...] There is no need for English-only readers to understand Arabic or resort to Google translate, much as we can enjoy Junot Díaz without knowing Spanish, or Andrea Bocelli without knowing Italian. Close your eyes and listen."

Louder than Hearts is a symphony of words, composed to the music of Umm Kulthum, the taste of kibbeh and the grief of Aleppo.

Reading about the Manchester explosion & how people rushed to help & how a city comes together at a time like this took my mind back to the summer of 2013.
Love & peace.

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Packing to go to London & I was told to pack for summer winter autumn and spring so that should be pretty easy. Where's my coffee?

Looking forward to being part of these 2 lovely events:

Friday May 12: Poetry reading with the 2016 Laureate's Choice poets: Geraldine Clarkson, Mark Pajak, & Tom Sastry, at The Betsey Trotwood, 7:30 PM


Tuesday May 16: "Sin Cities: Beirut After Dusk" - panel discussion with Nasri S. Atallah, Saleem Haddad, & Zahra Hankir - 06:45 PM at the Asia House Bagri Foundation Festival


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Fri 7:30 PM UTC+01The Betsey TrotwoodLondon, United Kingdom
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Grateful for this moving review of Louder than Hearts by Kaveh Akbar on Ron Slate's blog!

""There isn’t a word of falseness, a hint of voguish irony — just a deep love for her subjects and her language and an astonishing ability to relay that in verse [...] There’s no simpler way to say: it’s actual magic, the kind of magic poetry is uniquely capable of performing. Again and again in the collection, Beck demonstrates herself to be a sincere master of this conjuring."

Welcome back to “Poets Recommend.” The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, nine poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. Scroll down to read. The commentary includes:
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Profile in The Hindu! Grateful for this intense conversation with Tishani Doshi about "Louder than Hearts," poetry, language, and emotional breakdowns in Philadelphia. Link also includes poems from the book that haven't appeared online. Check it out!

"Reading Louder than Hearts, it struck me that Zeina has invented her own language, something between English and Arabic."

To showcase Arabic culture beyond its salient associations of grief and war and displacement, Zeina Hashem Beck writes poems about Arabic things in English.

"What makes a man with a gun seem bigger
than a man with almonds? How can there be war
and the next day eating"
-Naomi Shihab Nye

The Last Uncle
By Linda Pastan

The last uncle is pushing off
in his funeral skiff (the usual...
black limo) having locked
the doors behind him
on a while generation.

And look, we are the elders now
with our torn scraps
of history, alone
on the mapless shore
of this raw, new century.

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""our people are
messy & messed up & a mess.
nothing about our people is romantic
& it shouldn't be." --Nate Marshall

the people in the streets

My copy of Poetry has finally made it to Dubai and I can't wait to read it!

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Grateful for this wonderful review of Louder than Hearts in The London Magazine!

"Interspersing longer, narrative sequences (‘Naming Things’, ‘Khandaq Mon Amour’) with formal experiments on shape poems, text messages, ghazals, and even mathematical equations, Louder than Hearts is a brilliant, daring addition to a growing corpus of work that celebrates our shared present while bearing witness to shared pain."

has it all’, writes Betsy Sholl, judge of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, ‘compelling language and a sense of moral gravitas […] the ability to address a larger world with passion and artfulness’. High praise, though not at all mistaken in describing Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck’s...