December 9th Shab-e She’r Celebrates Iranian Women Writers!

penDecember’s Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) will celebrate Iranian Women Writers on December 9 from 6–7:30pm. This special evening will feature Farnoosh Fathi and Soraya Shalforoosh!  Plus we’ll be doing a a special holiday giveaway- don’t miss out!

Farnoosh Fathi recently received a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to Brazil and write poems.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Fence and Boston Review. Her translations of modern Persian poetry have been published in Circumference.

Soraya Shalforoosh’s poems and reviews have appeared in journals such as the Marlboro Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Bomb, Barrow Street,, etc. Soraya Shalforoosh was featured as an Emerging Poet in the Academy of American Poet’s, emerging poet series. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.

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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!

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

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.