Dhaka Bangladesh – Abeer was born in Nigeria to Bangladeshi parents, and moved to America when she was in high school. She has BS and MA degrees from the Wharton School of Business, and an MFA in Writing (nonfiction and poetry) from the University of San Francisco. Her first book, a memoir called Olive Witch won the 2005 Tanenbaum Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her second is a novel in stories called The Lovers and the Leavers and was funded by a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship for fiction and photography in Bangladesh and India. She is currently working on her third book, Memory Alone, a novel about memory loss and identity.
Her writing and photography has been published in ZYZZYVA, Nerve.com, SomaLit, Farafina (Nigeria), 580 Split, Swink, DesiLit, Ego Mag, Outlook Traveller (India), the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Switchback, Femina India, XConnect, SNReview, the Daily Star (Bangladesh), Drunken Boat, Farallon Review, and KQED Writers Block, among others. Other accomplishments include a 2002 merit scholarship for the SLS residency in St. Petersburg, Russia, a 2009 fellowship in creative nonfiction at Saltonstall Arts Colony, and a highly commended win in the 2009 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Contest. She has held two solo photography exhibitions in Dhaka, Bangladesh. See more at olivewitch.com.