A. A. Nasr is the pen name of the artist and writer formerly known as Amir Ahmad Nasr, born on August 25th, 1986, at the convergence of the White and Blue Niles in Khartoum city. The formerly anonymous voice behind the three-time Weblog Award nominated blog The Sudanese Thinker, which he began in 2006, he is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind – And Doubt Freed My Soul (St. Martin’s Press), recommended by Foreign Policy magazine among 25 books to reading 2013.
Described by The Economist as “puckish,” aka playfully mischievous, his writings and public lectures often covered a wide range of subjects – art, satire, storytelling, technology, surveillance, religion, free thought, human rights, moral philosophy, soft power, American foreign policy – but generally centered on what it takes to advance liberty and prosperity, individually and societally. He has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates and former presidents, and spoken to audiences of up to a thousand at events in North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia, and has been noted by WIRED as a “formidable speaker.”
After the release of his memoir in 2013 at the age of 26, his work quickly gained an influential readership that includes Hollywood personalities, former White House officials, Ivy League academics, tech entrepreneurs, and celebrated journalists. In 2014, following the ban of his book and blowback to the Arab Spring, he sought, and attained, political asylum in Canada, where he found renewed purpose and consciousness as an artist and creative entrepreneur. His story and advocacy have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, El Pais, Rare, Al Jazeera English Bloomberg, WNYC, BBC, and dozens of media outlets in over 13 languages across the globe, as well as in the Emmy nominated documentary film Live Your Quest.
A. A. Nasr is the founder and executive producer of A Tribe Called Story, and the host of the podcast conversation series Love In the Second Nuclear Age. Vancouver, Canada is the city he calls home and his global HQ.