Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Saleema Nawaz completed a Bachelor of Humanities at Carleton University and an M.A. in English Literature at the University of Manitoba, where her novella The White Dress was awarded the inaugural Robert Kroetsch Prize for Best Creative Thesis. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals such as Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, and The New Quarterly, and her short story My Three Girls was the winner of the 2008 Writers' Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.
Mother Superior, her short-story collection, was published by Freehand Books in Fall 2008, and it was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Best First Book Prize. Her first novel, Bone and Bread, will be released by House of Anansi Press in March 2013. Saleema Nawaz currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.