Country of residence: Lebanon
The closest thing the UAE has to a poet laureate, Hashem Beck is a Dubai-based writer who has been celebrated around the world.
Her writing covers a variety of topics, from Arab culture to exile, language, identity and women’s rights. In 2016 she won the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, and has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Forward poetry prizes. Her work – in Arabic, English and French – is regularly featured in literary magazines worldwide. Four years ago, she started PUNCH, a regular open-mic poetry session held in Safa Park for aspiring poets.