February 25, 2019KR Podcast

KR Podcast with Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine

Writers Workshop fellow Robyn-Phalen Rayson converses with writer Ghassan Abou-Zeinnedine about the role of comedy, folklore, grief and politics in the crafting of a narrative.

Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and recently received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He was born in Washington, DC and raised in the Middle East, where he previously taught at the American University of Beirut. His novel Madame Bandar’s Theatre of Love, which is currently being shopped, is a comedic bildungsroman set in Beirut in the early 1960s and ’70s. He’s also at work on a tragicomic short story cycle entitled In the Cedars with Azrael. This project explores life in times of war in Lebanon, spanning from the 1960s to the present day. Ghassan’s research interests include Anglophone Arab literature, ethnic-American literature, comedy and folklore in fiction writing, creative writing pedagogy and short story cycles.

Robyn-Phalen Rayson graduated from Kenyon College in 2018 where she worked as a Kenyon Review associate. She writes about her home state of Tennessee, the trans kids who live there, and their encounters with the fantastic. Apart from fiction writing, Robyn-Phalen’s interests lie in ghost stories, Dungeons and Dragons, and antique stores.

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