Luke Leafgren is an Assistant Dean of Harvard College and teaaches Arabic at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in Comparative Literature in 2012. He has translated the debut novel The Baghdad Clock by Shahad Al Rawi (2018) whose Arabic original was shortlisted for the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, two of Muhsin al-Ramli’s novels, Dates on my Fingers (2014) and The President’s Gardens (2017, excerpted in Banipal 57 in 2016) and Oh Salaam! by Najwa Barakat.

He won the 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for The President's Gardens.

His latest translation is Mister N, a second novel for him by Lebanese novelist Najwa Barakat, published by And Other Stories in 2022, their first publication of a book translated from Arabic.

Contributor's Issues

Banipal 61 - A Journey in Iraqi Fiction (2018)

Banipal 57 - Syria in the Heart (Autumn/Winter 2016)