A. Sean Pue

A. Sean Pue

An associate professor at Michigan State University, Sean Pue is a literary historian, translator, and digital humanist. He holds a PhD in Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, and Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University. He is the author of I Too Have Some Dreams: N.M. Rashed and Modernism in Urdu Poetry (2014).

Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui

Actor, producer, and model. Adnan Siddiqui made his acting debut in a PTV drama titled Uroosa (1994). He played a small role alongside Angelina Jolie and Irrfan Khan in A Mighty Heart (2007); made his debut in Bollywood with the Hindi film Mom (2017) and in Lollywood with Yalghaar (2017). In 2010, Siddiqui won the Pakistan Media Award for Best Supporting Actor Award for Ishq Junoon Deewangi. He has his own production banner, Cereal Entertainment Company.

Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif

A political and cultural commentator and author. Her bestselling book, The Map of Love, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize (1999) and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Her account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, Cairo: a City Transformed, came out in January 2014. Her collection of essays, Mezzaterra (2004), has been influential and her articles for The Guardian in the UK are published in the European and American press. From 2011 to 2015, she wrote for al-Shorouk in Egypt. In 2007, Ms Soueif co-founded the Palestine Festival of Literature, which takes place annually in the cities of occupied Palestine and Gaza. The first recipient of the Mahmoud Darwish Award (Palestine) (2010), she has also received the Metropolis Bleu (Canada) and the Constantine Cavafy (Egypt and Greece) (2012) awards. In October 2019, she received the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture.

Ahmed Atta

Ahmed Atta

A poet representing the new generation of Urdu poets who are reinventing the traditions of Urdu ghazal and expressing a new sensibility in poetry. He has taught at several institutions and is currently a lecturer of Urdu at Government Zamindar Post Graduate College, Gujrat, Pakistan. He is also working with A. Sean Pue on ‘Publics of Sound’ (a project of the Michigan State University). He has been published in several literary magazines and is the author of Aankh Bhar Tamasha Hay (2015) and Rang-e-Pur Shor (2020). The young poet was also elected as the secretary of Halqa Arbab-e-Zauq, a prestigious literary organization of Lahore.

Ahmed Shah

Ahmed Shah

Muhammad Ahmed Shah was the first elected President of the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, and has continued to serve in that capacity for the past 11 years. Shah maintains a rapport with a complex network of trade unions, cultural organizations, human rights activists, lawyers’ associations, journalists and their Unions (including the PFUJ), print and electronic media houses and their CEOs and the owners, and the business community.
During Shah’s tenure, of the Arts Council has seen an upsurge in its activities, including theatre festivals, music festivals, youth festivals, dance festivals, literary festivals, and activities highlighting socio-political issues.
Shah is proud of the fact that he has been able to contribute to taking the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi onto an international plane, thereby creating awareness of Karachi as a city of Art, Culture, and Literature. During his tenure, the Karachi Arts Council has entered into collaboration with countries like China, Germany, USA, Portugal, and Japan.