Silmy Abdullah is a Bangladeshi-Canadian author, lawyer and social justice advocate. Her debut collection of short stories, Home of the Floating Lily, explores the Bangladeshi immigrant experience in Toronto. Set primarily in a Bengali neighbourhood in the Scarborough/East York Area, close to the Danforth and Victoria Park intersection, the stories are inspired by her own lived experience as an immigrant, as well as the work she does in her community as a lawyer.
Silmy provides legal services to low-income South Asian clients in the Ontario, many of whom are newcomers. Her practice focuses on the intersection of immigration, poverty and gender-based violence. Working on the ground with marginalized communities helps her to find the seeds for incredible stories of love, courage and resilience, and intensify the compassion and empathy with which she writes them. She is a passionate advocate who has spoken on important human rights issues on numerous platforms, including community workshops, mainstream media, the Parliament of Canada and conferences in Canada and overseas.
Silmy holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and South Asian Studies and a master's degree in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. She completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Ottawa. In 2016, Silmy was selected as one of the most promising emerging writers by Toronto's Diaspora Dialogues program. Through this program, she completed a mentorship with author, Lawrence Hill. In 2019, Silmy completed a writer's retreat at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where she worked with celebrated authors, including Cherie Dimaline and Christy-Ann Conlin. She is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at the Cooke McDermid agency.