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Maria Saba

An Ottawa-based writer, storyteller, and arts educator, Maria Saba was born and raised in Iran.  She has published three books of nonfiction and over a hundred articles, essays, interviews, and critiques on literature, dance, folklore, anthropology, and chemical physics.  "My First Friend", her short story published in Scoundrel Time, is nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the Editor's Choice Award.  Maria founded Tirgan short story contest open to the Persian speaking world in 2011.  She is the recipient of Ontario Volunteer Award in Art and Culture in 2013 as well as grants in English literature from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa Arts Funding.  Maria has attended Banff Writing Studio, Banff Residency, Anam Cara Residency, and is the resident writer at Al Purdy A-Frame in 2018.  Currently, she is writing her first collection of short stories.

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Three Persian Love Stories. Gardoon Publications, 2011
Vis and Ramin. Naghmeh-yi Zendegi, 2010
Zar in Iran va Kishvar-ha-yi Digar. Naghmeh-yi Zendegi, 2011
My First Friend. Scoundrel Time, 2017
Rastegan. The New Quarterly, 2016
The Darabi Family. Nashwaak Review, 2015
Canada in 150 Words. Ottawa Independent Writers, 2017
Sorority of the Defeated. Bushmead: Another Place Anthology, 2016
Scientist versus Writer. Write Magazine, 2018


Ontario Volunteer Service Award in Arts and Culture, 2013
Pushcart Prize Nomination for My First Friend, 2017
Editor's Choice Award for Scoundrel Time for "My First Friend", 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Reading, storytelling, workshop

Presentation Length:
varies (10 minutes to 45 minutes)
Fiction, creative nonfiction, fairytales and fabels
1 to 12 (6 years up)
Audience size:
5 to 100
Workshop Description:

Northern OAC WITS:
One session:
GST not applicable