Yassin Adnan is an author of great renown and is currently on the board of trustees for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world.
Adnan is also a broadcaster and cultural commentor. Beginning in 2006, he has researched and hosted his weekly cultural TV program Macharef (Thresholds) on Morocco’s Channel One TV. He also hosts the program Bayt Yassin (Yassin’s Home) on Al-ghad TV Channel in Cairo.
His novel Hot Maroc, already published in French, will be available in English from May 2021. In 2018 he edited an anthology of short stories in English called Marrakech Noir.
Yassin is also the author of four published collections of poetry in Arabic: Mannequins, Resurrection Pavement, I Can Hardly See, and Rambler’s Notebook. He also has three short story collections: The Shadow’s Apples, Who Believes in Letters?, and Girls’ Joy with Light Rain. He co-wrote Marrakech: Open Secrets with Saad Sarhane in 2008.
He is the editor of The Moroccan Scheherazade: Testimonies and Studies of Fatima Mernissi published in 2016, and Marrakech: Evanescent Places that came out in 2018.
Yassin Adnan, though born in Safi, has lived in Marrakech since he was a young child. He holds a BA in English Literature from Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech and earned a graduate degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the School of Education at Mohamed V University in Rabat.