About Roqayah


My name is Roqayah Chamseddine – I’m a Sydney based Lebanese-American writer, published poet, and editor in chief of Wanderings. Magazine. I am a staff writer at Shadowproof, contributing writer at Paste Magazine, and Mondoweiss, and former researcher for Abby Martin’s The Empire Files on TeleSur English.

In December of 2009 I took part in the first Gaza Freedom March which began in Cairo, Egypt. During the winter of 2010-2011 I independently documented the lives of refugees living in Sabra and Shatila and Burj el Barajneh, located in Lebanon. I have been mentioned in foreign and domestic news agencies such as: The Lede, New York Times Blog, The Atlantic, Alternet, The Guardian, The Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, All Voices, Global Voices, The Telegraph, Al Jazeera Stream, New York Magazine, The Wire and by a number of other independent news sources.

I’m currently working on my first book ‘We Refuse To Perish’ which is aims to be a compelling account of events in Lebanon, specifically in relation to my native south Lebanon, prior to and after the 2006 July War, as well as a collection of poetry. You can find my column ‘In Homage To The Struggle‘ archived at Al Akhbar English.

Here you’ll find poetic works, political writing, and daily life reflections.

You can get in touch with me via Twitter, and by email: roq.chams [@] gmail.com.  All emails are usually responded to within 24 hours).