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A versatile and passionate storyteller. Multi-genre writer, social worker/psychotherapist, and educator. Immigrant settler of Edmonton, located within Treaty 6 Territory and within the Metis homelands and Metis Nation of Alberta Region 4.



Master of Fine Arts (in Creative Writing), University of British Columbia, Canada – Present

Ontario Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing, Humber School for Writers, Canada – December 2019

Master of Social Work, University of Windsor, Canada – 2013

Honours Bachelor of Science (English Literature & Psychology), University of Toronto, Canada – 2009



English: reading, writing, speaking fluent proficiency
Bangla: speaking, beginner writing, understanding fluent proficiency

Hindi: intermediate speaking, understanding fluent proficiency

Urdu: intermediate speaking, understanding fluent proficiency
Arabic: beginner reading proficiency



01/2023 – 04/2023 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults, University of British Columbia.

10/2022 – 12/2022 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Writing for the Media, University of British Columbia.



07/2022 – 08/2023 Reader (Contest, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction). PRISM International Magazine.

06/2023 Guest Lecturer for Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults. University of British Columbia.

10/2022 Facilitator. BIPOC Writers Connect: Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community. The Writers’ Union of Canada.

07/2019 – 12/2019 Screenplay Writer. TimeStory Pictures Inc.

10/2017 Short Filmmaker. “Ontario’s Muslim Public Servants.” Peel Art Gallery.


BOOK (Creative Non-Fiction, Memoir)

Matin, Sumaiya. The Shaytan Bride: A Bangladeshi Canadian Memoir of Desire and Faith. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2021.

Matin, Sumaiya. The Shaytan Bride: A Bangladeshi Canadian Memoir of Desire and Faith. Narrated by Sumaiya Matin, Tantor Audio, 2022, Audiobook/B09S1C1G1D.




The Past.” Owning Our Stories Journal. 2022.

Reclaiming My Power: How Writing Helped Me Navigate the Trauma of Forced Marriage.” She Does the City Magazine. 2022.

“Lines in the Sand.” Living Hyphen Magazine: “Resistance Across Generations issue.” 2021.

“Conversations with Trees.” Poetry is Dead Magazine. 2019.



2023 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Award (for a work-in-progress historical fiction novel), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

2020 Ontario Public Service Amethyst Award (for leadership in advancing anti-racism), Government of Ontario.

2019 Ontario Public Service (OPS) Prix Excelsior Award (for leadership in advancing equity), Government of Ontario.

2017 Ontario Public Service APEX Award (for advancing diversity and inclusion), Government of Ontario.

2014 SPARC Award in Innovation, International Association for Social Work with Groups Inc.



08/2023 Panelist. “Bengalis in CanLit,” Canadian South Asian Literary Festival.

06/2023 Featured Reader. Balderdash Reading Series. The Ex-Puritan.

07/2023 Panelist. “Student Success Panel,” Humber School for Writers.

04/2022 Panelist. “Not So Happily Ever After,” gritLIT Literary Festival.

06/2022 Author Appearance. The Word on the Street Toronto Book and Magazine Festival. 

08/2022 Panelist. “Dark and Dangerous Debuts from Authors on the Edge,” Fan Expo.

11/2021 Panelist. “Navigating Ourselves,” Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival (8th Edition).

10/2021 Panelist. “Book Talk and Panel Event: Forced and Child Marriage Survivors Speaking Out in the U.S. and Canada,” Tahirih Justice Center.

10/2021 Panelist. “Dundurn Press Rare Machines Launch,” Dundurn Press.

07/2021 Featured Reader. Resistance Across Generations Launch. Living Hyphen Magazine.

01/2020 Featured Reader and Panelist. Poetry is Dead Magazine Final Issue Launch.



02/2022 For A Different Booklist Cultural Centre: The People’s Residence Event. Interviewed by Gayle Gonsalves. 

10/2021 For Diaspora Dialogues. Interviewed by Aparita Bhandari.

10/2021 For the Veranda Book Club. Interviewed by Tasnim Jerin.

09/2021 For South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. Interviewed by Sidrah Ahmad-Chan.

05/2022 “Mental health of Muslim Youth in Canada.” For Canada’s National Observer. Written by Morgan Sharp.

05/2022 “It’s like somebody’s whispering in your ear’: Inside the expansive, intimate world of audiobooks.” For The Globe and Mail. Interviewed by Marsha Lederman.



06/2023 Humber School for Writers Love and Defiance’s Podcast – With Sumaiya Matin

03/2023 The Vicars’ Crossing Podcast – With Sumaiya Matin

05/2022 Podcast Show by Gray Miles Publishing Inc. – With Sumaiya Matin

03/2022 Trauma, Faith, and Courage (Roots and Resilience Podcast) – With Sumaiya Matin

12/2021 Wordstock Sudbury Podcast – With Sumaiya Matin

10/2021 Your Favorite Book Podcast - With Sumaiya Matin

08/2021 JAYU Hum Podcast - With Sumaiya Matin

06/2021 Kaleidoscope Radio – With Sumaiya Matin


10/2023 Islamic Herstory Reading List: The Shaytan Bride by Sumaiya Matin. Canadian Council of Muslim Women.

08/2022 Book Review: The Shaytan Bride by Sumaiya Matin. Cloud Lake Literary.

03/2022 Women Changing the World. Legible.

03/2022 12 International Women’s Day Reading Recommendations from Orangeville Public Library. The Toronto Star local news.

01/2022 The Biography Shelf – The Shaytan Bride. Midwest Book Review.

12/2021 Review: The Shaytan Bride. Minola Review.

12/2021 The Shaytan Bride: A Bangladeshi Canadian Memoir of Desire and Faith by Sumaiya Matin. The Miramichi Reader.

11/2021 Book Review: The Shaytan Bride by Sumaiya Matin. I’ve Read This Blog.

11/2021 Sudbury's bookworms, favourite authors to mingle this week. The Sudbury Star.

09/2021 Publishing in Canada 2021: Scott Fraser on Expanding Diversity. Publishers Weekly.

09/2021 5 New Books To Read This Fall. Chatelaine.

08/2021 57 works of Canadian nonfiction coming out in fall. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Books.

10/2016 Interfaith student dialogue tackles role of women. The Catholic Register.

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