Sunday, March 13, 2011

University of Windsor interviews Ava Homa

Exiled writer to share stories of her experiences


Seven-eighths of an iceberg lurks underwater, says Ava Homa. In much the same way, the spare style and simple language of her short stories hides volumes of unspoken knowledge.

The Iranian writer-in-exile and UWindsor creative writing grad (MA 2009) will read from her collection,
Echoes from the Other Land, during a celebration of Freedom to Read week hosted by Literary Arts Windsor on Thursday, March 3.

Homa was born was born in Tehran and grew up in Sanandaj, the capital of the Iranian province of Kurdistan. She experienced war as a child and its aftermath in adulthood—the Kurdistan uprising, losing loved ones, and economic crisis and inflation. She describes her book, published last fall, as a story of human endurance, resistance, passion and pleasure.

"As a resistance to the national and international oppressions, misrepresentations, and censorship of the Iranians,
Echoes from the Other Land reveals some truth about a historically rich but betrayed land," Homa says.

She describes her time at the University of Windsor as her best experience in Canada so far, especially crediting her thesis advisor Louis Cabri.

"The UWindsor English Department was a fabulous experience for me," Homa says. "I have never seen so many intelligent and nice people work together at one place."

Thursday's event is free and open to the public and begins at 8 p.m. at Milk Coffee Bar, 68 University Avenue West. Learn more about Homa and her work at www.avahoma.com.

Campus appearance: Homa will also conduct a reading on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the student lounge, Assumption University.

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