My name is Joey Ayoub. I sometimes go by Joey Husseini-Ayoub to include my mother’s family name, or use Ibn Baldwin as a pen name, which means son of (James) Baldwin in Arabic.
Originally from Mount Lebanon, Lebanon, I grew up in a Franco-Arab household with additional Palestinian, Italian, Argentinian and Swiss heritage – I am a citizen of Lebanon and Argentina. I would add a bit of British – Brit(ish) as Afua Hirsch puts it – as that island was my home for four years. I used to be uncomfortable with the lack of a single coherent national identity, but now I’m glad I don’t have one.
I have been based in Geneva since the beginning of 2020 after living two years in Edinburgh (2017-2019) and two years in London (2015-2017).
I enjoy writing, reading, traveling (by land/sea, as I’m uncomfortable with the environmental impact of planes), learning languages, watching movies/documentaries/series/anime, taking photos and pretending to know how to cook. I’m also an expert in Flipology, which is the study of my dog Flip.
Among my influences are James Baldwin, Ursula Le Guin, Zygmunt Bauman, Hayao Miyazaki, J.R.R Tolkien, Primo Levi, Mai Ghoussoub, Tolstoi, Mahmoud Darwish, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Hannah Arendt, Emma Goldman.