Youssef Rakha

Born in Cairo in 1976, he earned a BA in English and philosophy from Hull University, England. From 1998 to the present, he has worked as reporter, copy editor and cultural editor-cum-literary critic at Al-Ahram Weekly, the Cairo-based English-language newspaper. He participated in the founding of, and works as a features writer at, the Abu Dhabi-based daily, The National. His work in English is featured in The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times, Aeon Magazine, McSweeney's, and The Kenyon Review, among many other publications. His reportage, travel writing, fiction and poetry--written originally in either Arabic or English--as well as my photography have appeared in numerous publications in Cairo, Beirut, London, Berlin, Italy and the US, as well as on the web. He has exhibited photos at the Goethe Institute, Cairo. He has published seven books in Arabic, with some translated into German, Polish, Slovak and Italian as well as English. Rakha was chosen to be among 39 writers representing the new voices of modern Arabic literature in the Hay Festival/Beirut World Book Capital competition, Beirut39.