Kuwait City, Kuwait
|Nationality||United Kingdom, Lebanon, Jordan|
Saleem Haddad (born 1983 in Kuwait) is an author and aid worker of Iraqi-German and Palestinian-Lebanese descent, whose debut novel Guapa was published in 2016.
Haddad's debut novel Guapa was released in March 2016 by Other Press. The book, set over 24 hours, tells the story of Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, and trying to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and religious upheaval.
The novel was excerpted by VICE, and received widespread acclaim, with The New Yorker calling it a "vibrant, wrenching début novel". According to Book Riot, "Haddad maps postcolonial theory, post-revolutionary malaise, and post-outing upheaval onto your standard post-college, what-am-I-doing-with-my-life aimlessness, creating something wonderful and fascinating in the process."
As part of the London Literature Festival, Haddad was awarded the Polari First Book Prize 2017. The prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.
Haddad's work has also appeared in Slate and Muftah. He has also worked as an aid worker with Doctors Without Borders and other organizations in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. He currently lives in London with his partner.
- "Guapa By Saleem Haddad". WAMC, May 19, 2016.
- "Author Saleem Haddad on the Middle East's 'don't ask, don't tell' gay culture". Attitude, March 8, 2016.
- "REVIEW: 'Guapa,' by Saleem Haddad". Star Tribune, April 22, 2016.
- "Briefly Noted". The New Yorker, May 16, 2016.
- "Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Finding Your Place in the World". Book Riot, April 11, 2016.
- Attitude: Saleem Haddad wins Polari first book book prize
- "Saleem Haddad: On the Arab Spring and Writing About the Queer Arab Experience". Lambda Literary Foundation, May 21, 2016.