Abeer Hoque reads her short story Swing State. (Running Time: 9:51)
Abeer Hoque was born in Nigeria to Bangladeshi parents and moved to America when she was in high school. She has BS and MA degrees in Information Systems from the Wharton School, and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. This past summer, she gave up her San Francisco apartment, and everything in it, to become a nomad. She is currently living in Bangkok, and heads to Bangladesh and Barcelona in 2006. Her first book, Olive Witch, An American Dream, won the 2005 Tanenbaum Award in Creative Nonfiction (given to emerging California writers with unpublished manuscripts). Excerpts from Olive Witch, as well as other short stories and poems, have been published in Prose Ax, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Switchback, Bullfight Review, the Daily Star, and ZYZZYVA.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.