Ava Homa ~ Book Award Judge

Ava Homa is judging our Book Award in 2021

Writer, journalist, activist and author of Daughters of Smoke and Fire, is judging our Book Award in 2021.

Daughters of Smoke and Fire (May 2020) is her debut novel published by Harper Collins in Canada & ABRAMS in the US. Ava's collection of short stories Echoes from the Other Land (Mawenzi, Toronto, 2010) was nominated for the 2011 Frank O'Conner 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. Ava is also the inaugural recipient of the PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-In-Exile Scholarship.

In different settings across North America and Europe, Ava has delivered speeches on writing as resistance, human rights, gender equality, Kurdish affairs, media literacy, and other topics.

She has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in Canada, another in English Language and Literature from Tehran, Iran, and a diploma in editing from Toronto. A Writer-in-Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, BC (2013), George Brown College, Toronto (2012), R. D. Lawrence Cultural Centre, Minden Hills (2011), and the Open Book Toronto and Ontario (2011), Ava has taught Creative Writing workshops to diverse writers, judged writing contests, served the editorial board of the Write Magazine and the National Council of The Writers' Union of Canada.

I look forward to reading deep, engaging, and impactful writings that open the reader's horizon by offering fresh insight into life and human nature.

Daughters of Smoke and Fire is the unforgettable, haunting story of a young woman’s perilous fight for freedom and justice for her brother, and is the first novel published in English by a female Kurdish writer.

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