About Ibrahim Fawzy

Greetings! I’m Ibrahim Fawzy, a native of the captivating Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. With an MA in comparative literature, I'm privileged to share my knowledge as a lecturer at Fayoum University. My passion for the literary world finds expression in my engaging podcasts on the prestigious New Books Network. As a literary translator, I navigate the worlds of Arabic and English with finesse. Translation, to me, is an art that breathes life into stories, showcasing the resilience and defiance inherent in literature. My focus is on bringing to light narratives from Africa and the SWANA region, ensuring their reach to broader audiences. My translations have graced the pages of esteemed publications such as ArabLit Quarterly, Words Without Borders, The Markaz Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Poetry Ireland Review, and various others. This summer, I eagerly anticipate the release of my first monograph, Belonging to Prison, published by Cambridge Scholars. Passionate about fostering literary communities, I have dedicated my time as a volunteer at ALTA’s 44th annual conference and have participated in numerous readings, including the esteemed PEN Women in Translation series. In 2023, I had the pleasure of completing a transformative six-month mentorship with the esteemed British National Centre for Writing (NCW) through their Emerging Literary Translators program. Also, I’m a two-time graduate of the British Center for Literary Translation (BCLT) Summer School. I was shortlisted for Deep Vellum's The Best Literary Translations 2024 Anthology. Furthermore, my translation of Khalid Al-Nasrallah’s The White Line of Night earned me the esteemed 2023 English PEN Presents award. As an editorial assistant at Rowayat, a Canada-based literary journal, an editor-at-large at Asymptote, and a devoted podcaster at New Book Network (NBN), I continue to immerse myself in the literary landscape. When I'm not engrossed in the world of literature, I find solace in caring for my beloved pets. My academic interests encompass political prison literature, postcolonial literature, YA literature, ecocriticism, and the captivating realm of hydrofiction.
Ibrahim Fawzy is an Egyptian academic, translator, reviewer, and sometimes writer.
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NBN Episodes hosted by Ibrahim:

Nuzhat Abbas, "River in an Ocean: Essays on Translation" (Trace Press, 2023)

May 18, 2024

River in an Ocean: Essays on Translation

Nuzhat Abbas
Hosted by Ibrahim Fawzy

What are the histories, constraints, and possibilities of language in relation to bodies, origins, land, colonialism, gender, war, displacement, desir…

Yasmine Ramadan, "Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction" (Edinburgh UP, 2021)

May 12, 2024

Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction

Yasmine Ramadan
Hosted by Ibrahim Fawzy

In 1960s Egypt, a group of writers exploded onto the literary scene, transforming the aesthetic landscape. Yasmine Ramadan’s Space in Modern Egyptian …

B. J. Woodstein, "Translation Theory for the Practising Literary Translator" (Anthem Press, 2024)

May 10, 2024

Translation Theory for the Practising Literary Translator

B. J. Woodstein
Hosted by Ibrahim Fawzy

Do translation theorists observe what translators do and develop theories based on that? Do translators gain ideas and tools from studying theories? O…

Peter J. Freeth and Rafael Treviño, "Beyond the Translator’s Invisibility: Critical Reflections and New Perspectives" (Leuven UP, 2024)

May 2, 2024

Beyond the Translator’s Invisibility

Peter J. Freeth and Rafael Treviño
Hosted by Ibrahim Fawzy

The question of whether to acknowledge a text as a translation and thereby bring attention to the translator’s role has been a central topic in discus…

Ahmed M. Abozaid, "Undesired Revolution: The Arab Uprising in Egypt--A Three Level Analysis" (Brill, 2023)

April 20, 2024

Undesired Revolution

Ahmed M. Abozaid
Hosted by Ibrahim Fawzy

Ahmed M. Abozaid’s Undesired Revolution: The Arab Uprising in Egypt--A Three Level Analysis (Brill, 2023) introduces new non-Western perspectives on …

Alessandro Columbu, "Zakariyya Tamir and the Politics of the Syrian Short Story: Modernity, Authoritarianism and Gender" (I. B. Tauris, 2023)

March 29, 2024

Zakariyya Tamir and the Politics of the Syrian Short Story

Alessandro Columbu
Hosted by Ibrahim Fawzy

Zakariyya Tamir is Syria’s foremost writer of short stories, and his works are widely read across the Arab world. In Zakariyya Tamir and the Politics …

Denise Kripper, "Narratives of Mistranslation: Fictional Translators in Latin American Literature" (Routledge, 2023)

February 25, 2024

Narratives of Mistranslation

Denise Kripper
Hosted by Ibrahim Fawzy

Narratives of Mistranslation: Fictional Translators in Latin American Literature (Routledge, 2023) offers unique insights into the role of the transla…