André Naffis-Sahely is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (Penguin, 2017) and the pamphlet The Other Side of Nowhere (Rough Trade Books, 2019). He is also the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2020). He is from Abu Dhabi, but was born in Venice to an Iranian father and an Italian mother. His writing has appeared in New Statesman, Harper's, The Nation, Poetry, The Baffler, Times Literary Supplement, The Economist, The Chimurenga Chronic, The Believer, Playboy and Literary Hub. He has translated over twenty titles of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, including works by Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, Alessandro Spina, Abdellatif Laâbi, Frankétienne, Ribka Sibhatu and Tahar Ben Jelloun. Several of these titles were selected as 'books of the year' by NPR, The Guardian and Financial Times. He has taught at Whittier College, Occidental College and University of California, Los Angeles, where he was the Author in Residence, and he is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School. He is the editor of Poetry London.
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