Yassin Adnan

Yassin Adnan

Yassin Adnan is a Moroccan writer and journalist, born in Safi in 1970 and residing in Marrakech since his early childhood. Adnan holds a BA in English Literature from Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech and a graduate degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Mohamed V University in Rabat.

In 1991, he founded the magazine Aswat Mu‘asira (Modern Voices) in Marrakech, followed by al-Ghara al-Shi‘riya (Poetic Raid), both of which became a focal point for the emerging poetic sensibility in Morocco in the early 1990s. In 2009, he was selected for the Beirut 39 list of the most important Arab writers under forty by the Hay Festival Foundation.

From 2006 to 2019, Adnan researched and hosted a weekly cultural TV program, Macharef (Thresholds), on Moroccan TV Channel One. In 2019, he began hosting a new cultural TV program, Bayt Yassin (Yassin’s Home), on Al-Ghad TV Channel based in Cairo. He also hosts the podcast, Fi l’istichrak (About Orientalism) on Mujtama, a platform based in London.

Before getting into television, Adnan hosted Boulevard Attakafa (Culture Boulevard) on Rabat Chaine Inter Radio. He also has experience in print journalism, contributing to al-Hayat in London and al-Akhbar in Lebanon. Additionally, he co-launched Zawaya magazine in Beirut with Pierre Abi Saab and worked as the Morocco correspondent for Dubai Cultural Magazine, and later, Sharjah Cultural Magazine.

Adnan is the author of six published collections of poetry: Mannequins (Casablanca 2000), Resurrection Dock (Damas 2003), I Can Hardly See (Beirut 2007), Transient Notebook (Casablanca 2012), The Way to Heaven’s Fire (Cairo 2017), and The Andalusian’s Flute (Amman 2023). He has also published three collections of short stories: Who Believes in Letters? (Cairo 2001), Shadow Apples (Casablanca 2006), and The Girls Are Happy with Light Rain (Cairo 2013).

In travel literature, he published Suspended Cities: Passing Notes (Tetouan 2022). He published, in collaboration with Saad Sarhane, Marrakesh: Revealed Secrets (Rabat 2008).

He is the editor of various titles including: The Moroccan Scheherazade : Testimonies and studies about Fatima Mernissi (Beirut 2016), Marrakech Noir (New York 2018), an anthology of short stories published in English by Akashic Books, and Marrakech : Evanescent Places (Rabat 2019).

His first novel, Hot Maroc (2016), was longlisted for The International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2017. The novel’s English translation by Alexander Elinson was published by Syracuse University Press in 2021 and shortlisted for the 2022 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation.

Adnan serves as president of The Marrakech English Book Festival and is a member of the board of trustees of The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (popularly known as the Arabic Booker Prize). He is a former board member of al-Mawrid (Culture Resource) and a current member of its general assembly. He is a member of The Union of Moroccan Writers, the House of Poetry in Morocco, and the Scientific Committee for the Rabat International Book Fair.

Books Written by Yassin Adnan