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Khalida Hassan is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program, where she completed a short story collection called Complicit for her thesis. The stories in Complicit deal with themes of surveillance and digitally-mediated communications. Hassan has travelled extensively working in development, education, and literary outreach. She now lives in Toronto, where she works as a literary assistant.

Award History

2018 Finalist

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for Adjacent Rooms

Jury Citation

“‘Adjacent Rooms’ is a beautifully crafted, probing exploration of complex relationships within a reconfigured Norwegian family. Khalida Hassan does not reveal the identity of the narrator at the outset, and when the revelation comes, it is deft and illuminating, adding a note of cultural dissonance. The author’s creation of a narrator whose tone strikes a seductive balance between intimacy and distance is one of the story’s great strengths.” — 2018 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Jury (Martha Baillie, Omar El Akkad, and Ayelet Tsabari)

Works recognized by WT