Ava Homa

Ava Homa

Ava Homa is the author of a collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land (TSARbook, Toronto, 2010), nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Conner Short Story Prize and securing a place among the ten winners of the 2011 CBC Reader’s Choice Contest, running concurrently with the Giller Prize. The book has been translated into Kurdish and Farsi.

 Homa’s stories in English have been published by the Windsor Review, Toronto Quarterly, OffSide and Reorient. Her stories in Farsi, as well as English works translated into Farsi, have appeared in the prominent Iranian literary journals Jenopari, Kalagh, and Dibache. When her collection was translated and published in Iraqi Kurdistan, Homa gained an even wider audience and received multiple requests for media interviews.

 As a freelancer, Homa’s articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Literary Review of Canada, Rabble, PEN Canada blog, and other Canadian periodicals. A regular contributor to Kurdish media that publish in English – Kurdistan Tribune (UK-based), Rudaw (Canada-based), and Bas (Iraq-based) – Homa is well-known in the Kurdish diaspora and at home. Her writing on Kurdish women’s issues has served as a basis for discussion at the Martingrove Collegiate Institute and Dohuk University of Kurdistan.

Homa has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor and another in English Language and Literature from Tehran. She is a faculty member at George Brown College in Toronto.

 A Writer-in-Residence at Joy Kogawa House, BC (2013), George Brown College (2012), R. D. Lawrence Cultural Centre (2011), and the Open Book Toronto and Ontario (2011), Homa has promoted her work across Canada and has taught Creative Writing workshops to students from diverse age ranges and backgrounds.

For her writing and activism, Ava Homa has been interviewed on CBC Radio, Rogers TV, HOWL: UofT Radio Station, Voice of America TV, KurdTV Canada, Meaford International Film Festival, Horizon and Shameless magazines and numerous other media outlets. 

Her latest story, “Lullaby,” was published in 2013 by Novel Rights, a Human Rights Literary publisher, and translated into German and Italian; it is available at http://novelrights.com/lullaby/.

Homa’s story “A Rose for Raha” was published in 2012 in London, England, in an anthology entitled Still. This is a collection of short stories inspired by award-winning photographs of vacated spaces.  It is available at http://www.neg-press.com/interview-ava-homa/

She has recently finished working on a work of historical fiction entitled Many Cunning Passages, about the lives of Kurds in Iran and Iraq. She is currently working on a memoir called The Forsaken Abode.

"Deftly crafted stories," Wasafiri Reviewed Echoes from the Other Land

Negative Press of London, England published Ava Homa's story "A Rose for Raha," in Still Q&A

Echoes from the Other Land now available in Kurdish published by Sardem, Kurdistan, Iraq

 Review of Echoes from the Other Land by Dawn Promislow in Mostly Books here

Review of Echoes from the Other Land by May Lui here

Review of Echoes from the Other Land in The Toronto Quarterly

Review of Echoes from the Other Land by Carol Giangrade in Thoughtful Blogger here

Review of Echoes from the Other Land by Gavin Wolch in Rudaw here

Read Ava Homa's Letter to Canada in the Toronto Star

-Ava Homa interviewed by Entertainment Windsor watch here

Read Ava's artcile in the Toronto Star read here

March 3, CBC Windsor interviews Ava Homa  listen

March 3, OurWindsor writers about Ava's haunting stories read and watch the photos here 

March 3-University of Windsor writes about Ava read here

March 22, UofT Radio Station (HOWL) interviews Ava Homa 10 pm

   February 2011, Voice of America (Persian) interviews Ava Homa watch here

  Jan 2, 2011 Ava featured in Voices (Kurdish) read here

- Dec 16, 2010 Carole Giangrande reviews Echoes read here

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