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Fadi El Tofeili

Fadi El Tofeili is a Lebanese writer, poet, editor, and translator. Between 2004 and 2007, he followed the MA program in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam and graduated with a thesis focusing on American missionaries and their deeds in Beirut and Lebanon in the 19th century.   

El Tofeili has worked as a journalist since 1995 and published his writings in the weekly literary supplement of Annahar newspaper (Al Mulhak), Assafir newspaper, and Al Hayat newspaper. From 1999 till 2010, he worked for Al Mustaqbal newspaper and was one of the main writers and editors in the weekly cultural supplement Nawafez. In 2012 he co-founded Portal 9, the first bilingual (Arabic & English) journal of stories and critical writing about the city, and was its editor-in-chief until it has ceased to publish in 2016.

Fadi has published three books of poetry and translated many literary and mythological works. His book A Trace to Trail: Neighborhood Narratives of City and Place was published in 2014 by Ashkal Alwan (the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts). A new poetry book will be published in November 2019. Since 2017 he has been living and writing in the Netherlands. He is a member of the steering committee of Buddy to Buddy, which links newcomers to the Netherlands with Dutch people, culture, and system.

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