Silmy Abdullah


Silmy Abdullah was born in Bangladesh. When she was a toddler, she moved with her family to the Middle East. She immigrated to Canada in 1998 and since then, has considered Toronto her home.

Silmy is working on a collection of short stories that highlight the Bengali immigrant experience in Toronto, inspired by the lives of families she observed while growing up in Scarborough. One of the stories from the collection has been published in The New Quarterly, while another has received honourable mention in Glimmer Train Magazine‘s contest for new writers. She is an alumnus of Toronto’s Diaspora Dialogues Program for emerging writers and has been mentored by author, Lawrence Hill. She is also a lawyer by profession and works closely with the South Asian Immigrant community in Toronto, which also helps her to find the seeds for incredible stories of courage, love, and resilience.