Rusted Radishes

is creating Beirut Literary and Art Journal
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Red Globe
$2
per month

We will give you a shout-out on our social media channels @rustedradishes and link to you and your initiatives if you wish!

French Breakfast
$5
per month

-We will give you a shout-out on our social media channels @rustedradishes and link to you and your initiatives if you wish. 

-We will  send you an e-copy of our latest issue as long as you are a patron! 

Black Spanish
$15
per month

-We will give you a shout-out on our social media channels @rustedradishes and link to you and your initiatives if you wish. 

-We will  send you an e-copy of our latest issue as long as you are a patron! 

-We will mail you an artist postcard from Beirut!


"Black Spanish Radish," Artist credit: Katt Frank

Purple Daikon
$25
per month

-We will give you a shout-out on our social media channels @rustedradishes and link to you and your initiatives if you wish. 

-We will send you an e-copy of our latest issue. 

-We will mail you a handmade, silk-screened Rusted Radishes tote bag as well as the latest issue for as long as you are a patron. 

Easter Egg
$50
per month

- We will give you a shout-out on our social media channels  @rustedradishes and link to you and your initiatives if you wish. 

- We  will send you an e-copy of all of our latest issue. 

- We will mail you a handmade, silk-screened Rusted Radishes tote bag as well as the latest issue for as long as you are a patron. 

- One of our senior editors will provide two sessions of professional editing feedback on one of your writing pieces

Watermelon Radish
$100
per month

- We will give you a shout-out on our social media channels  @rustedradishes and link to you and your initiatives if you wish. 

- We  will send you e-copies of all of our back issues. 

- Wherever you are, we will ship you the latest issue and subscribe you for the next issue as long as you are a patron. (We will be sure to throw in some surprise swag!).

- One of our senior editors will provide professional editing feedback on two of your writing pieces over the course of a year.

- We will send you an original artist etching made by a local Beiruti artist and RR contributor. (You can choose from a selection.) 


"Watermelon Radish" Artist Credit: Sally Jacobs

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About Rusted Radishes

Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal was founded by faculty members Rima Rantisi and Crystal Hoffman of the English Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2012 with the intention of creating a space for both emerging and established writers who have a connection to Lebanon. Over the years,we have published diverse works from bordering countries, the diaspora, and beyond. As we evolved, we opened the submissions to people connected to the MENA region. We do not insist on creating geographic borders for submissions, but we do acknowledge that Beirut’s revolving door of influences and cultures, its history, and its perch on the Mediterranean, is certainly at the heart of a unique convergence of voices.

We have published hundreds of rare and interesting works by emerging writers and artists published side-by-side with works by established contributors such as Marilyn Hacker, Humphrey Davies, Mazen Maarouf, Lina Mounzer, Nathalie Handal, Michele Morano, Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman, Elana Bell, Philip Metres, Hayan Charara, Hisham Bustani, Adele Nejame, Fadwa Suleiman, Fouad M. Fouad, Hala Alyan, Chaza Charafeddine, Tarek Abi Samra, Zeina Hashem Beck,  Fouad Mezher, Omar Khoury, Jana Traboulsi, Elena Monzo, George Azar, Ayham Jabr, Maya Alameddine, Matteo Mauro, Alfred Badr, Michel Karsouny, Tom Young, Elia Tawil, Rudy Chidiac, Rafik el Hariri, Musta Fior, Tracy Chahwan, and Maria Kassab. We have also conducted interviews with artists and writers such as Kasper Kovitz, Patricia Sarrafian Ward, Tanjaret Daghet, Shaden Fakih, and Sara Saab.

The work at RR is a truly interdisciplinary and multi-lingual endeavor as we publish writing, translations, artwork, and since recently, graphic narratives and submissions in Arabic. The journal is edited and designed by a staff of faculty, students, and alumni largely from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering at AUB. To date, RR has had over 65 interns from various disciplines at AUB and beyond.

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Here's the thing: AUB has been a great support to us, but the funds are limited to projects. We still have to pay a big chunk of the publishing costs, as well as other printing and administrative costs throughout the year to supplement the AUB funds. We take care of these expenses by hosting events and selling journals and other materials we make -- but it's a modest amount, and we are publishing RR each year as a labor of love as we hold other jobs and matriculate. We are pulling through, but guess what we really should have money for?

PEOPLE.

Since its inception, neither the contributors nor the staff members have ever been paid. Many of our interns have stayed on after graduation — for the love of the work and community we are building. But we want to participate in changing the idea that art comes for free. The amount of work that goes into getting an artist or writer into our journal is enormous, it takes time. And time needs money. Art is work.

Become our patron! It will reward people monetarily to bring you writing and art from the heart of Beirut.





Goals
$0 of $750 per month
When we reach $750 a month, we will hire a part-time Managing Editor who will help us come up with creative new ways to bring literature and art to our community. Some things we are thinking about include: podcasts, focused art books by our contributors, and video stories, essays, and poetry.
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