Saturday, July 17, 2010 4 – 6 pm
Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train
This special edition of our Persian poetry series will feature Zara Houshmand, an Iranian-American writer who lives in Austin, Texas. Her work includes poetry, theatre, virtual reality translation, and editing the “Mind & Life” dialogues between the Dalai Lama and scientists. Her poetry has been published in online and print literary journals. Her most recent book is A Mirror Garden (A. A. Knopf, 2007), a memoir co-authored with Monir Farmanfarmaian.
This event will also feature an extended open mic portion. We are opening the stage to any and all readers, artists, musicians who would like to read or perform their own work or recite works by other poets. A special appearance by PAF Founder, Mona Kayhan, will be among the readers! Works can be in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture. Sign up to read at the event or early sign-up by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persian Arts Festival (PAF) revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern spin. Our program expands what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. PAF and BPC continue to host readings of well-established and emerging authors who are of Persian descent or specialize in Persian literature. Readers have included Nahid Rachlin, Manijeh Nasrabadi and Joe Martin to name a few.