Elias Khoury was born in Beirut 1948 and is one of the most distinguished writers and intellectuals in the contemporary Arab world. Khoury received degrees in History and Sociology. He founded several literary magazines and served as the cultural editor of the Beirut’s daily al-Safir. He is currently the editor of the weekly literary supplement of the newspaper al-Nahar. He has taught at the American University in Beirut, Columbia University, and New York University.
He is the author of eleven novels including Little Mountain, Gates of the City and The Journey of Little Gandhi, two plays (which have been performed in Beirut, Cairo, Paris, Vienna, and Basel), as well as several volumes of critical essays and short stories. Many of his works have been published in France with Actes Sud and Arlea, including La Porte du Soleil.
He was the artistic director of the Theatre of Beirut for six years and is now co-director of the Ayloul Theatre Festival in Beirut. He is one of the 14 Arab intellectuals (including Edward Said and poets Mahmoud Darwish and Adonis) who signed a statement in protest of a neo-nazi conference that was to be held in Beirut.