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Syrian queer author and journalist. Khaled Alesmael received Swedish citizenship in (2018) and he lives in central London now. His debut novel Selamlik (2018) has been shortlisted for the German SKOUTZ Award in (2021). Khaled won The National Swedish Radio Short Story Prize in (2020) and a special award for his short Coffee with Sukkar at Gothenburg Film Festival (2019). His second book Gateway to the Sea (2020) is a creative non-fiction book presents unique testimonies of nine Arab gay men who crossed the Mediterranean sea to Europe. His writing has been critically acclaimed as similar to Jean Genet’s in the German and Swedish Media.

He writes about sex, LGBTQ+ and migration in both Arabic and English. He has worked for media in major cities in MENA and Europe. He was selected to be a guest writer at Faberfull in Catalunya in (2020), Strömstad in Sweden in (2019), Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain in (2018). The International Journalist Program in Berlin (2017). The U.S Foreign Affairs Ministry selected him to join The International Visitor Programs for journalists in Washington.DC in (2009).

Publishers: 

Leopradförlag/ Sweden

Albinoverlag/ Germany

Films:

In the Shadow of Midnight Sun

The Station – Coffee with Sukkar