Qais Akbar Omar (whose first name is pronounced "Kice") is the author of A Fort of Nine Towers, which has been published in over twenty languages.
Omar was born in 1982 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He holds a BA in journalism from Kabul University. He studied business at Brandeis University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado. In 2014-15 he was a Scholars at Risk Fellow at Harvard University.
For the 2012 anthology, That Mad Game: Growing up in a War Zone, Omar contributed the lead essay, A Talib In Love. He has also written articles for The Atlantic, op-eds for The New York Times, and an essay for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He is the co-author, with Stephen Landrigan, of Shakespeare in Kabul.