Ava Homa

Ava Homa is a Kurdish writer, editor and public speaker who was born in Iran. She left a teaching post an an Iranian university in order to pursue more studies and to find freedoms in Canada. Now based in Toronto, Homa continues to publish short stories in literary magazines and articles in an assortment of print and digital venues.

Fiction (Short stories)

Echoes from the Other Land: Stories

Toronto: TSAR Publications, 2010.
PS8615 .O486 E35 2010

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

These haunting stories beautifully evoke the oppressive lives of modern women in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Anis, a computer programmer, is at the end of her rope, putting up with the bullying criticism of a no-good, unemployed lout of a husband; Azar is a young divorcee, and the only person she can talk to is Reza; but she can see him only late at night when “they” are not around; Sharmin has Down’s syndrome and hopelessly loves Azad; he loves Kazhal, beautiful and blessed; but Kazhal is married off and is divorced at twenty and now awaits a hopeless future . . . For these and other characters the weight of traditional attitudes, the harassment of the religious establishment make for a frustrating, confining, and sometimes unlivable existence.


Ava Homa personal website

Publisher Mawenzi House (formerly known as TSAR)