Homeira Qaderi is an Afghan writer, activist, and educator. She worked as a senior advisor to the Afghan minister of education and the minister of labor, social affairs, martyrs, and the disabled. She has written seven books, including her acclaimed novel Noqra, the Daughter of Kabul River. She has also written many books for children. Her first book in English, An Afghan Mother’s Letter to Her Son (Harper, 2020), was excerpted by the New York Times and chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best nonfiction books of 2020. It has been translated into many language. Qaderi was awarded the Malalai Medal – Afghanistan’s highest civilian honor – for exceptional bravery by the president of Afghanistan. She was a writer in residence at the University of Iowa in 2015 and is now a fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.