André Naffis-Sahely

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André Naffis-Sahely (born 1985) is a poet, translator, critic and editor.[1] He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother.[2]

Naffis-Sahely is the author of The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin UK, 2017),[3][4] which was described by Pankaj Mishra in The Guardian as a series of "sharp meditations on our vast but remarkably homogeneous global landscape."[5] He is currently Poetry Editor of Poetry London magazine.[6] He is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University writing school[7] and was the poetry and reviews editor of Ambit magazine.[8]

Naffis-Sahely's writings have appeared in The Nation,[9] Harper's Magazine,[10] New Statesman,[11] Playboy Magazine, Times Literary Supplement, The Economist, Poetry, The Independent, The Spectator, Areté, P.N. Review, The Chimurenga Chronic and World Literature Today.[12]

Naffis-Sahely has received fellowships from the Fondation Jan Michalski in Switzerland,[13] the MacDowell Colony in the US and Dar al-Ma'mûn in Morocco.[14] His translations include over twenty titles of fiction, poetry and nonfiction from French and Italian, featuring works by Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Rashid Boudjedra, Abdellatif Laâbi and Alessandro Spina. He has also co-edited The Palm Beach Effect: Reflections on Michael Hofmann (CB Editions, 2013) as well as The Selected Prose of Mick Imlah (Peter Lang, 2015). Several of these projects have been featured as 'Books of the Year' in the Times Literary Supplement,[15] Financial Times,[16][17] Literary Hub[18] and National Public Radio.[19]

Naffis-Sahely lives in Los Angeles. He is married to writer Zinzi Clemmons.[20]


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  2. ^ "andrenaffissahely | Biography". andrenaffissahely. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  3. ^ Foundation, Poetry (2019-02-26). "André Naffis-Sahely". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  4. ^ Naffis-Sahely, André. The Promised Land. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  5. ^ Barnes, Julian; Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi; Hare, David; Lawson, Mark; Mishra, Pankaj; Monbiot, George; Perry, Sarah; Soueif, Ahdaf; Tóibín, Colm (2017-07-08). "Best holiday reads 2017, picked by writers – part one". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  6. ^ "About Us".
  7. ^ "André Naffis-Sahely | Our Writers and Experts | Manchester Writing School". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  8. ^ "About - Ambit". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  9. ^ "André Naffis-Sahely". The Nation. 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  10. ^ "André Naffis-Sahely | Harper's Magazine". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  11. ^ "Writers". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  12. ^ "André Naffis-Sahely". World Literature Today. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  13. ^ "Writers in residence 2019 – Fondation Jan Michalski". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  14. ^ "The Library at Dar Al-Ma’mûn by Anna Della Subin - The Fabulist". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  15. ^ "Mick Imlah: Selected Prose chosen by Andrew Motion as TLS Book of the Year". Peter Lang Oxford. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  16. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 2019-01-24. {{cite news}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  17. ^ "The FT's summer books 2016". Financial Times. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  18. ^ "Lit Hub's Favorite Books of 2018". Literary Hub. 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  19. ^ Vidal, Juan (25 December 2016). "Get A Global Perspective With 5 Of The Year's Best Books In Translation". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  20. ^ French, Agatha (July 20, 2017). "Debut novelist Zinzi Clemmons is frank and experimental in 'What We Lose'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-05-09.