Ahmed Naji Saleh
A writer/ Journalist/ Art critic/ Official criminal/ .. and other stuff.
Author of three novels , Rogers (2007), Using Life (2014), And Tigers to my Room (2020), and another non-fiction book (Rotten Evidence: Reading and writing in prison) as well as numerous blogs and other articles. His work been translated to different languages including English, Italian, Spanish, and others
In 2016 Ahmed was sentenced for 2 years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern Egypt that an author has been jailed for a work of literature. Writers and literary organizations around the world rallied to support Naji, and he was released in December 2016. His original conviction was overturned in May 2017.
Through his carers he won several prizes including; Dubai Press Club Arab Journalism Award, United Arab Emirates, 2012 for best culture article, PEN/Barbey Freedom To Write Award, USA, 2016.
The Open Eye Award, Germany, 2016. AFAC grants, 2018. His novel Using Life was also Shortlisted at Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards 2018 Among the best Tales of a Fantastic Future. And was shortlisted at The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, 2019
He is now fellow at Black Mountain Institute, Living in Las Vegas, where he lives with his small family
You can surf here and read more of his articles, or Fiction short stories, or read more about him and his work which was featured in The guardian, NYtimes, Rolling Stone… and money other publications