TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Kurdish writer Kaziwa Salih has been
chosen as the 2014 PEN Writer-in-Residence in the Centre for
Preparatory and Liberal Studies at George Brown College.
Born in Iraqi Kurdistan, Salih moved to Toronto in 2003. She is
currently a post-graduate student at York University where she has
already obtained a BA in Communication and an MA in Culture and
Salih is the publisher and editor of two Kurdish magazines. In 2010 she
founded the Anti-Genocide Project to bring together the voices of
genocide victims living in Canada. She is the author of 12 books and
has received several international awards, including the 2013 Naguib
Mahfouz Award for the Novel and Short Story from the Egyptian Ministry
Salih has participated in a number of international workshops and
conferences, most recently a field study on the Holocaust with York
University and "The Women of the Middle East" conference on agency and
activism with Albany State University of New York. She has been a
member of PEN Canada's Writers in Exile network for several years.
PEN Canada is a nonpartisan organization of writers that works with others to
defend freedom of expression as a basic human right at home and abroad.
PEN Canada promotes literature, fights censorship, helps free
persecuted writers from prison, and assists writers living in exile in
Canada. 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.
George Brown College in Toronto has established a reputation for equipping students with the
skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of
their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses
located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the
Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers
135 full-time programs and 189 continuing education
certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a
student body of over 24,800 (full-time equivalent) students, including
over 3,200 international students; and over 61,000 continuing education
registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate
certificates, apprenticeships and degrees.
SOURCE: PEN Canada
For further information:
Juanita Bawagan, PEN Canada, JBawagan@pencanada.ca, 416-703-8448 ext. 21