Ava Homa: Haunting Tales from Iranian PrisonMarch 7, 2011 – 9:30 am
The usually vocal crowd inside of Milk Coffee Bar was eerily quiet on March 3, while Ava Homa read excerpts from her book, Echoes from the Other Land. The book is a work of fiction but the haunting stories inside expose oppression, censorship and struggles that Iranians face throughout their lives. Tales of torture were interspersed with song clips and moments of silence that drove powerful messages home.
Ava Homa reads from Echoes from the Other Land. Photo by Sanja FrkovicA writer-in-exile, Homa moved to Canada in 2007 after a series of events forced her to consider her future and leave her home and teaching career behind. She came to Windsor on a student visa and now works in Toronto as an English teacher and writer-in-residence. Homa was in town to speak at Milk’s “Freedom to Read” event and spent the next day speaking with University of Windsor students.