Wed Nov 10
NEW TIME! 7 pm – 9:30 pm!
PAF Shab-e She’r Season Begins with All-Star event!
Iranian-American poet Sholeh Wolpe, author of Rooftops of Tehran and The Scar Saloon, and Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad
Zohra Saed/Sahar Muradi, editors of the Afghan-American Writers Anthology
Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train
Sholeh Wolpé is the author of Rooftops of Tehran, The Scar Saloon, and Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad for which she was awarded the Lois Roth Translation Prize in 2010. Sholeh is a regional editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East edited by Reza Aslan (Norton), the poetry editor of the Levantine Review (an online journal about the Middle East,) and the guest editor of 2010 Iran issue of the Atlanta Review which immediately became the journal’s bestselling issue. Her poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of literary journals, periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and have been translated into several languages. Born in Iran, Sholeh presently lives in Los Angeles.
Zohra Saed was born in Jalalabad came to Brooklyn as a child by way of Riyadh. She received her MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College. She is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at The City University of New York Graduate Center. Her work has appeared most recently in Shattering Stereotypes; Cheers to Muses; and Speaking for Myself: Asian Women’s Writings. She has performed as part of the cast of the legendary theater director Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements in 2000 and in 2007, where the ensemble caste performed at the first National Asian American Theater Festival. She is co-founder of the Association of Afghan American Writers (AAAW).
Sahar Muradi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She and her family emigrated to the United States when she was three years old. She grew up in New York and Florida. Sahar received her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Hampshire College, and her M.P.A. in International Development from New York University. Sahar has written extensively about her family experiences, as well as reported on current events in Afghanistan. Her writing has been featured in literary magazines, newspapers, as well as read on public radio. In 2003, Sahar returned to her native Kabul to work for two years. She helped coordinate a donor conference with the Foreign Ministry, as well as managed a small grant program for civil society development. She is co-founder of the Association of Afghan American Writers (AAWW) and an Organizing Fellow for the Open City Project, a community-based writing project through the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
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.