Ava Homa is a writer, teacher, speaker, and editor. Her collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land (TSARbook, 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 Reader’s Choice Contest, running concurrently with the Giller Prize. The book has been translated into Kurdish and Farsi.
Homa’s stories have appeared at Windsor Review, Toronto Quarterly, OffSide and Reorient. Her book reviews, features, and other articles have been published by numerous periodicals including the Literary Review of Canada, Rabble, Herizons, PEN Canada Blog, Write Magazine and Toronto Star. A regular contributor to Kurdish media that publish in English–Kurdistan Tribune (UK-based), Rudaw (Canada-based), and Bas (Kurdistan-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 various schools and universities.
Homa has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, another in English Language and Literature, and a Certificate in Editing. She is a faculty member at George Brown College in Toronto and works as a freelance editor, offering manuscript evaluation, substantive editing (structural and stylistic editing), copyediting and proofreading services.
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 on writing, Kurdish issues, women issues, media literacy, freedom of speech and other similar topics. At different settings, Ava has promoted her work, has taught Creative Writing workshops to writers from diverse age ranges and backgrounds, has been a jury to short story contests and has organized literary events.
Her latest story, “Lullaby,” was published by Novel Rights, a Human Rights Literary publisher, and translated into German and Italian; it is availableHERE.
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/