Omar Sabbagh is a widely published poet and critic. His poetry and prose, critical and creative, have appeared (and often repeatedly) in such venues as: Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Reader, The Warwick Review, POEM, Kenyon Review, Agenda, Poetry Wales, Banipal, Stand, Wasafiri, The Wolf, Envoi, Lighthouse, Rusted Radishes, The London Magazine, The Moth, Life Writing, New Writing, Prose Studies, New Welsh Review, and elsewhere. As yet, he has been anthologized seven times. Two of his extant poetry collections are: My Only Ever Oedipal Complaint and The Square Root of Beirut (Cinnamon Press, 2010/12). His fourth collection, To The Middle of Love, was published with Cinnamon Press in February 2017. In January 2014 Rodopi (now Brill) published his monograph (based broadly on his PhD): From Sight through to In-Sight: Time, Narrative and Subjectivity in Conrad and Ford. His first book-length fiction work, his Beirut novella, Via Negativa: A Parable of Exile, was published with Liquorice Fish Books in March 2016. A Dubai sequel to the latter: Minutes From the Miracle City: An Essay on Dubai in Today’s World, is forthcoming in 2017. A collection of (mainly pre-published) speculative and muscular essays on literature, Disciplined Subjects and Better Selves, was published with Anaphora Press in September 2016. A collection of short stories (most pre-published, in journal or other format), Dye and Other Stories, is forthcoming in 2017 with Austin Macauley.
Born of Lebanese parents in London in 1981, after a stellar school life he went to Oxford as an undergraduate, studying PPE. From 2003-2004 he completed an MA in English Literature at KCL, in which he got Distinction and came third out of a class of fifty-five. In 2005 he began a PhD in English Literature at Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Stefan Collini. In Spring 2006 he resigned said PhD ‘to become a poet’ – so sage in this! He completed a second MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s College, London – though half-way through beginning a PhD in English Literature at KCL, under Professor Max Saunders. By Autumn 2007 he’d safely dispatched said second MA, and by Winter 2010/11 he’d passed his PhD. For the academic years 2011-13 he was Visiting Assistant Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut (AUB) – the alma mater where his parents first met. He completed a 3rd MA in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, by August 2014, and that Fall began teaching at the American University in Dubai (AUD); where he still teaches to the present.