Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. His most recent work is American War. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Wilson High School
February 26, 2018
Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high…
Omar El Akkad and Ed Skoog: Northwest Academy Reading
March 1, 2018
Omar El Akkad and Ed Skoog
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March 12, 2018
Literary Arts and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts are partnering to present…
March 16, 2018
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Everybody Reads 2018
April 5, 2018
In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is…
April 26, 2018
Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during our seventh annual Verselandia! poetry slam.