Abdelrahman ElGendy

Lance Cleland

Abdelrahman ElGendy is an Egyptian writer and journalist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a six-year political prisoner in Egypt. While in prison, ElGendy started and earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Ain Shams University. He is a Dietrich fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Nonfiction Writing MFA, a Heinz fellow at Pitt’s Global Studies Center, a 2021 Logan Nonfiction fellow, a 2023 Tin House Workshop scholar, an awardee of the 2023 Katharine Bakeless Nason Award in Nonfiction by Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a finalist for the 2021 Margolis Award for Social Justice Journalism. ElGendy’s writing is engaged with counter-narratives of history, the role of writing and art as forms of resistance, and how the oppressed individually and collectively preserve their identities in the face of erasure. His writing appears in the Washington Post, New Lines Magazine, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), Mada Masr, and elsewhere.