Ava Homa is a critically acclaimed writer, editor, and public speaker. She holds a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature from Tehran, another in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, Canada, and a diploma in Editing from George Brown College, Toronto.
Her collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land (Mawenzi House, Toronto, 2010), was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize and secured a place among the ten winners of the 2011 CBC Readers’ Choice Contest, running concurrently with the Giller Prize.
Homa is a freelance writer and journalist, serves on the editorial board of the Write Magazine, and in June 2018 retired from her role as the second vice chair of the National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada.
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. In 2017 she won the inaugural PEN-Humber Scholarship.
Homa’s story "A Rose for Raha" was published in 2012 in London, England, in an anthology titled 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, British Columbia (2013), George Brown College (2012), R. D. Lawrence Cultural Centre (2011), and the Open Book Toronto and Ontario (2011), Homa has offered speeches and facilitated workshops on creative writing, Kurdish question, women issues, media literacy, freedom of speech, and other topics.