Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ava Homa, Minden Hill's 2012 Writer-in-Residence

Ava Homa
2012 Writer In-Residence
   Ava Homa, like many of us, is enchanted with the Highlands and says she is excited to have the opportunity to spend more time here as the new 2012 Writer In-Residence.
   Unlike any of us, she is a writer in exile from Iran. Ava is the author of Echoes from the Other Land which was nominated for the world's largest short story award: 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and placed 6 in the top 10 winners of CBC’s Reader's Choice Contest for the Giller Prize.
   Ava is a Kurdish-Canadian writer-in-exile, with Masters degrees in English and Creative Writing from Windsor University, and another in English Language and Literature from Iran.
   Ava is a columnist for Kurdistan Tribune, and she writes for other journals like Rabble, The Toronto Quarterly,Windsor Review and Offside.  In Toronto, Ava teaches Creative Writing and English at George Brown College. She will be available for consultation on writing, will be holding workshops, and attending local literary events.

Writer In-Residence Program
     The residency contributes to the creation of an active writing community with the intent of adding to the cultural experience of residents, seasonal residents, and visitors. The Writer stimulates the writing culture already alive through creative new ideas and providing encouragement for the writing process. This type of initiative, under the guidance of the Writer in Residence, will provide an opportunity for writers to hone their craft and in turn help to preserve our cultural identity. 

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