Kenza Sefrioui

Kenza Sefrioui was born in Paris in 1979. She is a cultural journalist, literary critic and publisher based in Casablanca. She wrote the literary column for Le Journal hebdomadaire from 2005 to 2010. She worked for Tel Quel from 2011 to 2022 and now for the website She wrote her doctoral thesis in comparative literature at the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne on the newspaper Souffles (1966-1973), which evoked hopes for a cultural revolution in Morocco (Éditions du Sirocco, Grand Atlas prize 2013). She co-edited Casablanca œuvre ouverte, with a second volume, Casablanca poème urbain, on contemporary writing in Casablanca (Le Fennec, 2013). Co-founder of the publishing house En toutes lettres and a cultural activist, she is also the author of an investigation into books in Morocco: Le livre à l'épreuve, les failles de la chaîne au Maroc (En toutes lettres, 2017). Alongside Leila Slimani, Kenza Sefrioui published Casablanca, Nid d'artistes (Malika éditions, 2019).

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