Yassin Adnan was born in 1970 in Safi, Morocco. He has published nine works, four of poetry and four of short stories, and with Saad Sarhan, the bilingual prose poem/essay, Marrakech: Open Secrets, published in its entirety for the first time in English translation in Banipal 48 – Narrating Marrakech.  In 1991 he published, with Saad Sarhan, a literary magazine Aswat Muassira [Contemporary Voices], and later, with Saad Sarhan, Taha Adnan and Rashid Nini, the magazine al-Gharah al-Shiriya [Poetic Attack].

After teaching English in a high school, he became a TV presenter, becoming well known for his weekly cultural magazine “Macharif” on the Moroccan television channel Alaoula.  He is currently conducting interviews with cultural and literary figures from the Arab world in a TV series called Bayt Yassin (Yassin’s  House) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ya9Z5sptFY&feature=share)

He studied English Literature at the University of Marrakech (BA, 1992) and earned a Diploma in Educational Science at the University of Mohammad V in Rabat. His literary awards include the prizes of Moufdi Zakaria (Algeria, 1991), of the Union of Writers in Morocco (1998) and the Buland al-Haydari prize for the young poet (Assilah, 2003). 

His novel Hot Maroc was longlisted for the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and a chapter published in Banipal 59 – The Longlist, and available to read online here.

Contributor's Issues

Banipal 18 - Autumn 2003

Banipal 48 - Narrating Marrakech (2013)

Banipal 59 - The Longlist (Summer 2017)