Ava Homa is a critically acclaimed writer, editor, and public speaker. Born and raised in the Kurdish region of Iran, she holds a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from Tehran, another Master's Degree in Creative Writing from University of Windsor, Canada, and a diploma in Editing from George Brown College, Toronto.
Homa is an editor for Boularderie Island Press and Kurdistan24, an adjunct professor, the second vice chair of the National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada, and the North American Director of Association of Human Rights for Kurdistan of Iran (KMMK-G).
Her collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land (Mawenzi House, Toronto, 2010), was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Conner Short Story Prize and secured a place among the ten winners of the 2011 CBC Readers’ Choice Contest, running concurrently with the Giller Prize.
Novel Rights published Homa’s story “Lullaby” in 2013, which was translated into Kurdish and Italian, and was launched in Bookcity Milano in October 2015.
Homa’s stories and articles have appeared in various publications across Canada, United States, and England. She recently completed her historical novel Many Cunning Passages.
Homa’s story "A Rose for Raha" was published in 2012 in London, England, in an anthology, Still. A collection of short stories inspired by the award-winning photographs of Roelof Bakker, STILL was runner-up for Best Mixed Anthology in the Saboteur Awards 2013.
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 offered speeches and workshops on creative writing, Kurdish question, women issues, media literacy, freedom of speech, and other topics.