Omer Aziz was born in Toronto to middle-class parents from Pakistan. He was educated in Ontario’s public schools, at Queen’s University, the Paris Institute for Political Studies, Cambridge, and Yale Law School.
He began writing at the age of twenty, while living in Paris on exchange. Omer’s first pieces appeared in the student newspaper, the Queen’s Journal. As a graduate student at Cambridge, he traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan and wrote for The Globe and Mail, the national newspaper in Canada. He traveled to Iraq, Jordan, Hungary, Spain, and Cyprus, writing from each location. Eventually, after many rejections, he began publishing regularly in The New Republic and the New York Times. His work has since appeared in many publications in America and around the world.
While in law school, Omer served as a legal clerk for the UN Special Envoy for Syria, assisting in the negotiations for a political solution to the Syrian war. He later worked for an education start-up in Shanghai, teaching young students the craft of opinion writing. After graduation, he served as a Foreign Policy Advisor in the government of Prime Minister Trudeau.
His first book, Brown Boy: A Story of Race, Religion, and Inheritance will be published by Scribner in New York and ScribnerUK worldwide.