June 16th, PAF presents: Shab-e She’r feat. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Martyrdom StreetJune 16, 2010 6pm-7:30pm
PAF presents: Shab-e She’r feat. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet!

Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery / NYC 10012 / Subway to 2nd Avenue F train

Our June 16th Shab-e She’r series will feature Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet! Professor Kashani-Sabet teaches Middle Eastern history and directs the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history at Yale University.  This event will celebrate the recent publication of her first novel, Martyrdom Street, published by Syracuse University Press. She has started a second novel and hopes to complete a series of children’s books in the future.

Her book, Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 (Princeton University Press, 1999) looks at the significance of land and border disputes in Iranian nationalism, with attention to Iran’s shared boundaries with the Ottoman Empire (and later Iraq and Turkey), Russia, Afghanistan and the Gulf states. Frontier Fictions is currently being translated into Persian by Kitabsara Press, Iran.

Professor Kashani-Sabet has also finished a book entitled, Conceiving Citizens: Women, Sexuality, and Religion in Modern Iran (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2010). She is also completing a book on America’s historical relationship with Iran and the Islamic world entitled, The Making of the ‘Great Satan’: A History of US – Iranian Relations (under contract with Princeton University Press). In addition to pursuing her academic work, Professor Kashani-Sabet spends time writing fiction.

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. To sign up to read, please email poetry@persianartsfestival.org.

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

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.

6/12 Iranian Cultural Festival – Riverside Theater NYC

Iranian Village flier

The landmark Riverside Theater in NYC is hosting a day-long ‘IRANIAN Cultural Festival’ on Saturday June 12, 2010. This is a non-political community festival to celebrate the arts and culture of Iran, and is OPEN and FREE to all. This is a chance to introduce Iran properly to different communities.

Programming includes:

Wedding Sofreyeh Aghd display
Seasonal shrines display: Haft-Seen etc.
Books and educational displays
Face painting and other children’s programming
Traditional/Mahali costumes
Divination through Persian poetry (Faleh Hafez)
DVD of historical sites such as Persepolis, etc.
Ajeel/Shirini/foods for sale
Write your name in Persian and/or Calligraphy
Persian musical instruments and artifacts display
Backgammon display/workshop
Jewelry making

This FREE festival runs from 2-9 PM on Saturday June 12, 2010 at the Riverside Church, where Persian food will be available all day.

FREE musical and dance performances starting at 7 PM. Artists include Ballet Afsaneh dancers, spoken word/poetry/music by Niloufar Talebi and Bobak Salehi, and Sufi Rock by HAALE!

RIverside Theater New York City, 490 Riverside Drive New York, New