Gretchen McCullough is an American writer and translator, raised in Harlingen, Texas. After graduating from Brown University in 1984, she taught in Egypt, Turkey and Japan. She earned her MFA from the University of Alabama and was awarded a teaching Fulbright to Syria from 1997-1999.

Her stories and essays have appeared in the The Literary Review, The LA Review of Books, Texas Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Barcelona Review, Archipelago, National Public Radio, Storysouth, Storyglossia, and Guernica. Translations in English and Arabic with Mohamed Metwalli have been published in: World Literature Today , Washington Square Review, Nizwa, Banipal, Brooklyn Rail in Translation and Al-Mustaqbel.

Her bilingual book of short stories in English and Arabic, Three Stories From Cairo, was published in July 2011 by AFAQ Publishing House, Cairo. A collection of short stories about expatriate life in Cairo, Shahrazad’s Tooth, was also published by AFAQ in 2013. She translated A Song on the Aegean Sea with the author, Mohamed Metwalli, published by Laertes Press, 2022 – it was reviewed in Banipal 73 (Spring 2022 by Joselyn Michelle Almeida.  Her novel, Confessions of A Knight Errant is forthcoming from Cune Press, Fall 2022. 

Currently, she teaches writing at the American University in Cairo.


Contributor's Issues

Banipal 32 - Summer 2008

Banipal 74 - Celebrating Khalida Said and Modern Arabic Poetry (Summer 2022)

Banipal 52 - New Fiction (2015)

Banipal 55 - Sudanese Literature Today (Spring 2016)