Season 4, Episode 02: Motherhood, Caretaking and Diabetes – A Conversation With Zeina Hashem Beck
As the mother of a child living with Type 1 Diabetes, Zeina shares her perspective on how the matriarchy helped her after her daughter’s diagnosis. She also reveals what it has been like for her family after relocating from Dubai to California – plus some remarkable wisdom both she and her daughter have developed as they deal with diabetes.
Zeina also reads one of her very moving poems, Time, that she wrote for her daughter shortly after her diabetes diagnosis.
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Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet.
Her third full-length poetry collection, O, came out from Penguin Books in July 2022. Her collection Louder than Hearts won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.
Zeina is also the author of 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook prize, There Was and How Much There Was, a 2016 Laureate’s Choice selected by Carol Ann Duffy, and To Live in Autumn, winner of the 2013 Backwaters Prize.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Poetry, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere.
Zeina invented The Duet, a bilingual poetic form where English and Arabic exist separately and in relationship to each other. With poet Farah Chamma, she’s the co-creator and co-host of Maqsouda, a podcast about Arabic poetry, produced by Sowt.
After a lifetime in Lebanon and a decade in Dubai, Zeina recently moved to California.
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