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Episode 111 [in English]: Lisa Luxx!

Lisa Luxx is a queer poet, essayist and activist of mixed British Syrian heritage. Published in journals, newspapers and anthologies internationally including with publishers such as Hatchette and SAQI. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, VICE TV and TEDx. Luxx was winner of Out-Spoken Prize for Performance Poetry and nominee for the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. Founder and host of The Sisterhood Salons, a feminist literary gathering. She splits her time between the English countryside and the city of Beirut. We were so excited to have her on the podcast to discuss and read some of her work! We talked about reclaiming lineage through storytelling as a mixed-race adopted person, the challenges of balancing authenticity and privacy in personal work, complicating simplistic “gratitude” narratives surrounding adoption and immigration in the media, the Beirut’s queer art scene, and more!

Follow Lisa on IG @luxxy_luxx
Twitter @lisaluxx_
Facebook page: Lisa Luxx

Photo credit: Maria Klenner

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Episode 103 [in English]: Queer Art is Revolutionary

Beruit-based writer, actress, and storyteller Dima Mkhayel Matta (Follow on IG: @dimamatta) joined Nadia Khayrallah (@nadiainherownworld) and Adam Elsayigh (@adamelsayigh) to talk about her recent solo show, her storytelling series Cliffhangers Storytelling, the challenges of navigating censorship and orientalist tropes, the importance of (queer) art in revolution, and more! She also reads a few excerpts of her piece “This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story,” presented through Zoukak Theater Company and developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.

Note: Unfortunately, Dima’s residency at Theater Mitu in Brooklyn, discussed in the podcast, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We hope to see this collaboration happen in the future!

Referenced in the episode: Every Single Article Ever Written About Being Gay in Beirut in One Convenient Article

Pictured is Dima wearing this iconic shirt from Nadia (as mentioned in the episode)!

This episode was recorded and edited by Nadia.

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