Zeina Azzam


Alexandria, VA

Author's Bio

Zeina Azzam is a Palestinian American poet, writer, editor, and community activist. She is currently the Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, where she also volunteers for local organizations that advocate for the civil rights of vulnerable communities. Her chapbook, Bayna Bayna, In-Between, was released in 2021 by The Poetry Box, which nominated one of her poems for a Pushcart Prize. Zeina’s poems are published or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Passager, Gyroscope, Pensive Journal, Streetlight Magazine, Cutleaf Journal, Mizna, Sukoon Magazine, Barzakh, Making Levantine Cuisine, Tales from Six Feet Apart, Bettering American Poetry, Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting by and for Refugees, Gaza Unsilenced, and others. An advocate for Palestinian human rights and development initiatives, Zeina serves as a mentor for We Are Not Numbers, a writing program for youth in Gaza. She holds an M.A. in Arabic literature from Georgetown University, an M.A. in sociology from George Mason University, and a B.A. in psychology from Vassar College.

Publications & Prizes

Lockdown in the Kitchen: American Immigrant Foodways During COVID-19 (Rutgers University Press, 2022)
Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean (University of Texas Press, 2021)
Bettering American Poetry (Bettering Books, 2019)
Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting by Refugees (Olive Branch Press, 2019)
Bayna Bayna, In-Between (Poetry Box, 2021)
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Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts
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Sukoon Magazine
Prizes won: 

Pushcart nominee, 2021 and 2022.

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Arab American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Immigration, Seniors, Women
Fluent in: 
Arabic, English
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Raised in: 
New York
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Last update: Dec 18, 2022