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Saeed Teebi is a writer and lawyer. His story “Her First Palestinian” was shortlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize. Teebi’s collection by the same name is his first book. He was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait and, after spending time in Connecticut and California, has lived in Canada since 1993. Teebi now lives in Toronto.

Award History

2022 Finalist

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for Her First Palestinian

Jury Citation

“Sometimes a writer comes along whose stories are not only complex and full and exquisitely written, but whose vision and political voice feels necessary. In Her First Palestinian, Saeed Teebi coaxes the reader in a certain direction, and then flips the narrative so that now we are complicit, and we see our own guilt in the great divide that exists between the privileged and the stranger. Teebi does this with subtle humour and a wry tone. He does not preach, yet his writing expresses a certain fervour that is essential. He is a vital voice.”

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