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Noor Naga was born in Philadelphia, raised in Dubai, studied in Toronto, and currently lives in Alexandria, Egypt. Her writing has appeared in The Puritan, Hart House Review, Muftah, and The Sultan’s Seal and was shortlisted for Room magazine’s 2015 Fiction Contest. She received a Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s, and the Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman Graduate Scholarship and Avie Bennett Emerging Writers Scholarship from the University of Toronto, where she completed her MA in creative writing.

Award History

2017 Winner

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
for The Mistress and the Ping

Jury Citation

“‘The Mistress and the Ping’ is constructed from exhilarating, mile-a-minute prose poems that are fresh, provocative, and often funny. These visceral pieces take surprising hairpin turns, pulling the reader through proclamations, inquiries, and bursts of self-doubt. Noor Naga achieves all this with a language that is rich and sensory, and a visually rigid structure that counter-intuitively unfolds to allow a multiplicity of pacing and play.” — 2017 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award jury (Adèle Barclay, Stuart Ross, and Moez Surani)

Works recognized by WT

The Mistress and the Ping