The Writer’s Block: Qais Akbar Omar
In this edition of The Writer’s Block, Afghan writer Qais Akbar Omar talks about the process of writing his memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers.
Qais Akbar Omar is the author of A Fort of Nine Towers, published in more than twenty languages.
Omar was born in 1982 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has a BA in journalism from Kabul University. He studied business at Brandeis University and has an MFA in creative writing from Boston University. In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado. Currently he is a Scholars at Risk Fellow at Harvard University.
Omar is the fourth generation of his family to be in the carpet business. He has lectured on Afghan carpets in Afghanistan, Europe, and the United States.
For the 2012 anthology, That Mad Game: Growing up in a War Zone, Omar contributed the lead essay, A Talib In Love. He has also written for The Atlantic and op-eds for The New York Times. He is the coauthor, with Stephen Landrigan, of Shakespeare in Kabul.
Omar serves as a goodwill envoy for Aschiana Foundation in Kabul and for the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women.