was born in the province of Hadida, Yemen, in 1973. He is a novelist, short story writer and playwright. Some of his works have been banned in Yemen and at one point he was forced to leave the country for a time. He is the winner of numerous Yemeni literary prizes in Yemen and has published four collections of short stories, four novels, a play and a film screenplay.

His controversial novel Qawarib Jabailyyah (Mountainous Boats) was reviewed in Banipal 19.

Banipal's issue on Yemeni contemporary Literature featured a chapter from Wagdi's novel A Land without Jasmine,  translated by William M Hutchins. The whole book is now being published by Garnet Publishing in late 2012. For more information about this book from Garnet, click here.

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Banipal No 49 A Cornucopia of Short Stories
Banipal No 36 Literature in Yemen Today

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