Seemi Choudry


527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA


Born and raised in Venezuela, Seemi Choudry is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants who moved with her family to Chicago at the turn of the century. After graduating from Loyola University, she became a public servant fighting the good fight in true Chicago-Community Organizer fashion. Eventually, she joined the Mayor’s Office as the Director of the Office of New Americans.

In 2019, Seemi moved to Berlin, Germany to further research the Newcomer Community as a Robert Bosch Fellow. Over the years, she has worked in community development, immigration rights and nonprofit management domestically and abroad.

Before starting her MFA, Seemi lived in Costa Rica where she learned about permaculture farming and worked on personal projects. Currently, she is writing the manuscript for her memoir. When not writing, she’s either cooking, playing soccer, immersed in international film, traveling or spending time with her family.

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