International Op-Eds

In addition to his fiction writing, Ahmed is a contributor to international journals such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek,, The Hindu, Anandabazar Potrika, as well as many local newspapers.

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WASAFIRI: A Special Edition on Bangladesh (Issue 84, Winter 2015)

Guest-Edited by K. Anis Ahmed and Ahsan Akbar, co-directors of the Dhaka Lit Fest


Presenting the first time, an acclaimed international literary journal has brought out a special issue on Bangladeshi writing. Highlights of this issue include: Fiction and Poetry: Zubier Abdullah, Ikhtisad Ahmed, Sharbari Ahmed, Afsan Chowdhury, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Nupu Press, Shagufta Sharmeen Tania, Sayeeda Tahera Ahmad, Shoaib Alam, Nausheen Eusuf, Kaiser Haq, Sadaf Saaz; an interview with Tahmima Anam; articles on a Definition of Bangladeshi Writing in English, Second Marriage Chittagong Style, Doing Pashto, and Hieroglyphics; and an art feature on "Learning to Read the Signs on your ride in Bangladesh".


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GRANTA: After the War (Autumn 2013)

Co-Curator of New Voices from Bangladesh


Curated by K. Anis Ahmed and Ahsan Akbar, co-organisers of the Hay Festival Dhaka, Granta Autumn 2013 featured new voices from Bangladesh, starting with Khadem Islam’s debut novel, Shooting at Sharks. Anis and Ahsan introduce Khadem on Granta: “The Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 left 400,000 Bengalis stranded in West Pakistan, many of whom escaped from there to Bangladesh in subsequent months. Shooting at Sharks, Khadem’s debut novel, is about one such perilous escape.”


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Bengal Lights Literary Journal

Editorial Board


Bengal Lights is a literary journal published from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Our tastes are cosmopolitan: no location, no writer, no genre is off-limits. We welcome all writers: established or beginning, grizzled veterans or fresh-faced newbies, versed in the classics or cyber-narratives. We also seek to publish quality writing from Bangladesh and South Asia, but above all we seek to be engaged, to be a bazaar where all genres can mingle and multiply.


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Literary Essays

Fiction: A Transgressive Art | Puterbaugh Essay Series

January 2016

"As someone who lives in a place where traditional forms of external censorship are still routine practice, I am endlessly fascinated by all forms of censorship, including the cultural and psychological ones, so subtle that they exist as if only in a state of false consciousness."

Things We Don’t Write: K. Anis Ahmed On The Murdered Writers Of Bangladesh

September 1, 2015

"The condition for anyone wishing to write about Islam is thus comparable to dissidents of another era who lived under dictatorial regimes. In a twisted irony of globalization though, the risk is no longer confined by territory; it is outsourced to lethal effect."

World Literature Isn’t Foreign Food

December 18, 2013

"A foreignness defined only by place of production or setting is rather banal. World Literature should be defined by foreignness of form. A true expansion of form will make room for that infinitude of human experience that has been left out of literature."

March 17, 2014

"As a Bengali, I can never stop insisting that Pakistan as a state needs to apologize for the genocide of ’71. But I also don’t want my sense of peace to be in the hands of another person, let alone a deeply troubled state."

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Public Talks

The book fair is far more than a symbol

19 February 2016

Writer and publisher K. Anis Ahmed considers the importance of Dhaka's Ekushey Book Fair to Bangladesh's history.

Legatum Convergence 2011, Legatum Center at MIT

October 27-28, 2011

Speaker: Kazi Anis Ahmed on "Acres of Innovations" [Video]

Sustainable land development and use, whether in agricultural enterprises or conservation, allows entrepreneurs to create dynamic and profitable businesses.

Seminar: "Bangladeshi Literature: Outside the Global Tango"

July 22, 2007

"Why does Bangladeshi literature not enjoy the kind of international currency that other countries' literatures seem to, for example, as does Indian English writing? "Add News Story here

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