Mohammed Abdelnabi is an Egyptian writer born in 1977. He obtained a BA in languages and translation from the English and Simultaneous Translation Department of Al-Azhar University and currently works as a freelance translator. He has published five short story collections, the novella Imprisoned Phantoms (2000), and two novels: The Return of the Sheikh (2011), which was longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and The Spider's Room (2016), which was shortlisted for the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. In 2010, his short story collection, The Ghost of Anton Chekhov, won the Sawiris Literature Prize, and his latest collection, As the Flood Passes the Sleeping Village, won the prize for best short story collection at the 2015 Cairo Book Fair. He publishes creative writing, criticism, and translations in a number of newspapers and websites, and since 2009 he has taught creative writing in a workshop called "The Story and What Is In It." He recently published a book on narrative techniques with the same title.