About Me

I started my writing journey as a blogger (back when blogs were popular!) and now I write mostly short stories. My fiction has appeared in various literary magazines (see Publications) and has been longlisted for the 2019 Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. I work as an editor at Ruqaya’s Bookshelf and have taught creative writing online at the Sarah Selecky Writing School. I’m currently working on a short story collection, with support from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

As for the unofficial stuff, I love painting with my two young boys (minus the cleanup), and going on long solitary walks. I always carry a notebook with me. I’ve written on park benches while my kids make piles out of fallen leaves. I’ve written in the car at night with only fleeting strips of light landing on the page. I’ve written on the kitchen counter, distracted and annoyed at the ketchup that someone forgot to put back into the fridge. I’m always writing in my head.

Hajera Khaja in a white headscarf and blue winter jacket looking off to the side. Blurred in the background are snow and bare trees.

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