Ahmed Naji is a journalist for the weekly literary review Akhbar Al-Adab. He is the author of two novels, Rogers and The Use of Life, and co-founder of the art research network MHWLN. On February 20, he was sentenced to two years in prison for “public indecency,” for an extract of his second novel republished in Akhbar Al-Adab. He is the recipient of the 2016 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award from PEN America.

Writing in the Cairo Review