PAF PRESENTS Shab-e She’r Featuring Aida Shahghasemi and Shabnam Piryaei, Feb. 17th 6 pm!

Please join us for our next Persian Poetry Night that will infuse poetry with music on Wednesday, February 17th at 6 pm!!

Aida SAida Shahghasemi, currently a graduate student in Art and Public Policy at NYU, was born in Iran and moved to the States in July of 2000. She is thankful to her teacher, Amir Samadi, one of the late Mirza Agha Ghowsi’s pupils for learning to play Daf, a traditional Kurdish instrument. Aida has also had the privilege of studying the Iranian Classical vocal repertoire with Parissa by traveling back and forth between Iran and U.S. She has worked with a number of different ensembles over the past five years and is one of the founders of Iran’s House of Art student organization at the University of Minnesota where she completed her bachelors degree in Psychology and Anthropology. She is currently working with the Simorq foundation (please check out at hoping to bring an original musical representation of Ferdowsi’s Shah’nameh to the States.

shabnamSmallersmallShabnam Piryaei was born in Iran and raised in the U.S.  Her work has been published in several journals including The Florida Review, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Flashquake, and The Furnace Review.  She has been awarded the Poets & Writers Amy Award for poetry, as well as the Elizabeth George Foundation grant.  Her collection of writing entitled “Ode to Fragile” is forthcoming.  Currently she is developing three short films based on material from the book.

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.

Be sure to join us for this rare event!  This event will be streamed LIVE at!

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, NYC 10012

Nearest subway is the 2nd Avenue F train or also close is the 6 train at Bleeker.

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.