André Naffis-Sahely

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André Naffis-Sahely (born 1985) is a poet, critic and translator.[1] He was born in Venice to Italian and Iranian parents, and grew up in Abu Dhabi. He has a BA in History and Politics and an M.Litt in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews.

He has written on literature, film and the visual arts for The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Economist,[2] PN Review and Banipal and is the UK contributor for Words Without Borders.[3] He also translates from the French and the Italian; forthcoming titles include The Rule of Barbarism (Pirogue Poets Series) and The Bottom of the Jar (Archipelago Books) by Abdellatif Laâbi and The Barbary Figs and The Funerals by Rachid Boudjedra (Arabia Books). Alongside Julian Stannard, he is currently co-editing The Palm Beach Effect, a collection of tributes for the poet Michael Hofmann, the subject of his doctoral thesis, which will be published by CB Editions in December 2012.

His poetry has appeared in Poetry London, PN Review, The Warwick Review and The International Literary Quarterly.

Naffis-Sahely lives in Los Angeles. He is married to writer Zinzi Clemmons.[4]


  1. ^ Poetry Translation Centre Profile
  2. ^ The Art of Walid Siti: A Vision of the Future
  3. ^ There Is No Escape from Hope: A Memoir of Reading Naguib Mahfouz
  4. ^ French, Agatha (July 20, 2017). "Debut novelist Zinzi Clemmons is frank and experimental in 'What We Lose'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-05-09.