Watch the Shelf Life interview with Abeer here.
Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She published a book of linked stories, poems, and photographs called The Lovers and the Leavers (Bengal Lights Books, 2014; HarperCollins India 2015; Harper360 2015), and a monograph of travel photographs and poems called The Long Way Home (Ogro Bangladesh, 2013). Her memoir, Olive Witch, was published by HarperCollins India in 2016 and by Harper360 in 2017. She is the recipient of a 2014 NYFA grant, a 2012 NEA Literature Fellowship, a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship, and the 2005 Tanenbaum Award, and has received writing fellowships to attend Sacatar, Saltonstall Arts Colony, SLS St. Petersburg, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and the Albee Foundation. Her writing and photography has been published in Guernica, ZYZZYVA, Outlook Traveller, 580 Split, Drunken Boat, India Today, the Daily Star, the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and KQED Writers Block, among others. She has BS and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, and she has held two solo photography exhibitions. She lives in New York City.