Is This How You Eat a Watermelon?

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Radix Media
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5.4 X 8.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.38 pounds
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About the Author

Zein El-Amine is a Lebanese-born poet and writer. He

has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Maryland. His

poems have appeared in Wild River Review, Folio, Beltway

Quarterly, Foreign Policy In Focus, CityLit, Graylit, Split This

Rock, Penumbra, DC Poets Against The War: An Anthology,

Ghostfishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. His latest

poetry manuscript A Travel Guide for the Exiled was recently

shortlisted for the Bergman Prize, judged by Louise Glück. His

short stories have appeared in the Uno Mas, Jadaliyya, Middle

East Report, Wild River Review, About Place Journal, and in

Bound Off.


"Brimming with both tenderness and boldness, Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? is a powerful, concise collection that had me enthralled from the first story to the last. These richly crafted stories are sometimes humorous, always compelling, meditations on love and passion, cruelty and beauty, and fear and loss during times of war, including the wars raging quietly inside of us."

--Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.
"This may technically be a debut collection, but author Zein El-Amine has the sweet, gravelly voice of a veteran storyteller.

In each short story, we encounter ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances: under aerial bombardment, in detention, in an abandoned school surrounded by militias. In each situation, El-Amine shows how a single object--a voluptuous snow woman, a slice of watermelon, a daisy, a pair of baby blue OP shorts, a pack of cigarettes--reveals everything about the fragility and beauty of everyday life."

Elliott Colla, Baghdad Central