Maria Saba is a writer, storyteller, and arts educator. Writing in both Persian and English, her work is published in four continents. Her short story manuscript, My First Friend, was a semi-finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. The title story of the same collection was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2017 and won Scoundrel Time’s Editors’ Choice Award in 2018. Saba’s novella The Secret of Names was long listed for the Disquiet Literary Prize in 2020 and her novel was a finalist for the 2023 Exeter Novel Prize. She also won the PEN Canada Scholarship for Writers in Exile and the Wallace Stegner Grant for the arts. Born in Iran, Sabaye Moghaddam now lives in Ottawa.
Maria is a Long Form National 2019 mentee and worked with Chelene Knight.