Kurdish Iranian author Ava Homa Appointed 2012 PEN Lecturer at George Brown College
TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Kurdish Iranian author Ava Homa is
the 2012/2013 PEN Lecturer-in-Residence in the Centre for Preparatory
and Liberal Studies at George Brown College.
Born and educated in Iran, Homa has an MA in English Language and
Literature from the University of Tehran and an MA in Creative Writing
from the University of Windsor. In 2010 Tsar Publications published her
debut collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land, which was subsequently chosen as one of ten finalists in the People’s
Choice awards for the 2011 Canada Reads competition.
Homa’s short fiction and translations have appeared in several English
and Farsi journals and newspapers, including The Windsor Review and The Toronto Star. Homa has been a member of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile network since
2011 and was one of two authors who read a “Letter to Canada” as part
of Are You Dying to Vote?- an evening of political theatre produced by
The Wrecking Ball theatre group in 2012.
Background: PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile program helps authors and journalists
who have been silenced in their country of origin to establish
themselves in Canada. A decade ago PEN Canada established the Placement
Program to engage exiled writers in literary and academic communities
in Canada. George Brown College has partnered with PEN Canada’s Writers
in Exile since 2004.
About George Brown College: Toronto’s George Brown College has established a reputation for
equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials
to pursue the careers of their choice. From its two main campuses
located across the downtown core, George Brown offers 148 full-time and
1,600 continuing education programs across a wide variety of
professions to a student body of approximately 63,000 (including those
enrolled in full-time, part-time and continuing education programs).
Students can earn diplomas, post-graduate certificates, industry
accreditations, apprenticeships and four-year bachelor degrees.
SOURCE PEN Canada