Ava Homa, Award-winning International Author & Activist: A conversation on recent developments in Iran and her work
Ava Homa is the award-winning author of DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE, a journalist, and an activist. Her words have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Guardian, BBC, New Statesman, Literary Hub, Literary Review of Canada, and many more outlets. She holds a Master's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in Canada and another in English Language and Literature from Tehran, Iran. She was born and raised in the Kurdistan province of Iran and now divides her time between Toronto and San Francisco.
Her debut novel, DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE, won the 2020 Silver Nautilus Award for fiction, was shortlisted for the 2022 William Saroyan Writing Prize, and was a Roxane Gay's book club pick. Her collection of short stories, ECHOES FROM THE OTHER LAND, was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Connor 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. Homa is also the inaugural recipient of the PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship.
In different settings across North America and Europe -including the United Nations, Geneva-Homa has delivered speeches on Kurdish women's triumphs and struggles, human rights in Iran, writing as resistance, and many other topics. She has taught creative writing workshops to writers from diverse age ranges and backgrounds, has judged writing contests, and has served on the editorial board of The Writer magazine and the National Council of the Writers' Union of Canada as its second vice chair.
Moderator: Dr. Sabri Ates, Associate Professor of History and Senior Fellow Tower Center, SMU
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, HT Chamber, Ground Floor
3140 Dyer St, Dallas, TX 75205
Parking: Binkley Garage 3105 Binkley Ave. (between Airline Rd. & Dyer St.)
- Monday, March 20, 2023
- 5:30pm - 6:30pm
- Hughes-Trigg Chamber