PAF Shab-e She’r feat. Hossein Kamaly – Nov 18th, 6-7:30 pm!

Profile_hKamalyThis month’s Shab-e She’r series will feature Hossein Kamaly on November 18th, 6 – 7:30 pm. Hossein Kamaly is the Assistant Professor in the Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures Department and specializes in Middle Eastern history and Islamic Studies. After years of working as an electrical engineer, computer programmer, mathematical analyst, and simultaneous interpreter, he obtained a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 2004. His research interests focus on intellectual history, and the broad field of Perso-Islamic studies. He is committed to close reading of classical texts, and teaches courses in which important themes are traced across texts and societies.  Hossein will also speak about music and rhythm found in Persian poetry.

An open mic will follow the reading, inviting everyone to read either his or her own poetry or works by other poets, in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.

This event will be streamed LIVE at www.bowerypoetry.com!

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) has successfully revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern, new generational spin. The program has made its comeback and expanded what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. Entering into its third season, 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.

The Bowery Poetry Club is at 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 in Manhattan. Nearest subway is the 2nd Avenue F train.

Be sure to save the date for our upcoming Shab-e She’r events!

Wed. Nov. 18, 6 – 7:30pm,  Hossein Kamaly
Wed. Dec.  9,
6 – 7:30pm – Special Iranian American Women Writers Featuring Soraya Shalforoosh and Farnoosh Fathi
Wed. Jan.  20,
6 – 7:30pm, Dalia Sofer
Wed. Feb. 17,
6 – 7:30pm, Sholeh Wolpe
Sat.   March 20,
7 – 9:30pm, NOROOZ EDITION!
Wed. April 28,
6 – 7:30pm      TBD
Wed. May 19, 6 – 7:30pm      TBD
Wed. June 16, 6 – 7:30pm      TBD

PAF Shab-e She’r featuring Sassan Tabatabai – Oct 14th 6-7:30pm

Sassan_Tabatabai_photoOur next Shab-e She’r series will feature poet and translator Sassan Tabatabai.

October 14, 2009
6-7:30pm
Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery @ Bleeker Street, NYC
Nearest subway is the 2nd Avenue F train.

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1967 and having lived in the United States since 1980, Sassan’s work has appeared in a number of publications including Levathan Quarterly, Seneca Review, Literary Imagination, Pusteblume: Journal of Translation and The Christian Science Monitor. He is the author of Father of Songs: Rudaki and his Poetry (Rozenberg/Purdue UP, 2008) and the forthcoming Uzunburun: Poems (Pen and Anvil Press, 2009). He is also Poetry Editor of The Republic of Letters. Tabatabai holds a Ph.D. in Persian Literature from Boston University where he currently teaches Persian and the Humanities.

An open mic will follow the reading, inviting everyone to read either his or her own poetry or works by other poets, in Persian or English, bearing some connection to Iran or Iranian/Persian culture.

This performance will be streamed LIVE at http://www.bowerypoetry.com!

Persian Arts Festival (PAF) has successfully revived Shab-e She’r, A Night of (Persian) Poetry, at the Bowery Poetry Club (BPC) but with a modern, new generational spin. The program has made its comeback and expanded what tends to be a very classical Persian tradition to feature modern works of literature, ranging from fictional novels to memoirs. Entering into its third season, 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.