Youssef Rakha

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Educated at Hull University, England, Youssef has worked as writer and editor at Al Ahram Weekly, Cairo's principal English-language newspaper, for ten years, taking time off to work on my his projects and undergo stints at other publications such as the Abu Dhabi-based The National. His poetry, fiction, travel writing, reportage and essays have appeared in the Berlin-based Lettre Ulysses, the London-based Banipal, The Chatoohatchee Review, Parnassus and the majority of literary and cultural magazines in Cairo and Beirut, among many other publications. Most recently he has published two travel books in Arabic with the Beirut-based Riyad Al Rayis, and is currently working on his first novel. Youssef has also been chosen as one of the ‘Beirut 39’ – a project to identify thirty-nine of the most promising young (under the age of thirty-nine) talents in Arab literature. His work will be featured in Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World to be published simultaneously in Arabic and English later this year.

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