"A distinctly important and intelligent voice."
– SIMONA SUPEKAR, LA REVIEW OF BOOKS
K. Anis Ahmed is a Bangladeshi writer based in Dhaka. He is the author of three works of fiction: The World in My Hands (novel), Good Night, Mr. Kissinger (stories), and Forty Steps (novella).
He is a co-director of the Dhaka Lit Fest and was a key organizer and festival advisor of the Hay Festival Dhaka from 2011 to 2014.
Ahmed is the publisher of Dhaka Tribune, a national English-language newspaper in Bangladesh, and Bangla Tribune, an online newspaper. He is the co-founder of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, the Dhaka Translation Center, and Bengal Lights: a literary journal.
Ahmed is a contributor to international journals such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Politico, Wall Street Journal Asia, Daily Beast/Newsweek, Scroll.in, and BBC World Service.
He has written literary essays for World Literature Today and Electric Literature. He has also guest-edited Wasafiri's Special Edition on Bangladesh (Issue 84, Winter 2015), and co-curated the section: "New Voices from Bangladesh" in the Autumn 2013 edition of Granta (125: After the War). He is also an advisor to PEN Bangladesh, and a member of the Taj Roundtable of the Taj Colloquium.
In addition to his literary career, Ahmed runs Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate Ltd. with his family. Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate is the first USDA and SGS-certified 100% organic tea garden and cooperative in Bangladesh that is the single source for the tea company Teatulia. Teatulia tea is distributed in Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, the United States, and will soon be available in Japan.
Ahmed studied at Brown, Washington and New York Universities before returning to Bangladesh. He is currently at work on a novel about the misadventures of extreme foodies in New York.