Past Event
Headshot of Visiting Writer Zeina Hashem Beck on a casual background.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and School of Liberal Arts (SOLA)

Afternoon Craft Conversation with Zeina Hashem Beck
Part of the Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series

Date & Time


Location (On-campus)

De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge
1928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575


Join SMC's Creative Writing Department in Hagerty Lounge for a Craft Conversation with visiting writer Zeina Hashem Beck, author of poetry collection O, the 2023 Arab American Book Award for Poetry winneras she discusses her art, life, and writing process. This event is free, open to the public, and ADA Accessible. Light refreshments will be served.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her third poetry collection, O, won the 2023 Arab American Book Award for Poetry and was named a Best Book of the Year by Literary Hub and The New York Public Library. Her previous full-length collections are Louder than Hearts, winner of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, and To Live in Autumn, winner of the 2013 Backwaters Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 Laureate’s Choice selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. She’s the co-creator and co-host, with poet Farah Chamma, of Maqsouda, a podcast in Arabic about Arabic poetry. After a lifetime in Lebanon and a decade in Dubai, Zeina has recently moved with her family to California.