I will be reading from my new translation of the first five stories of the Shahnameh, The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, and I will be sharing the stage with two other poets whom you should come hear:
Sara Goudarzi is a New York City writer and performer of poetry. She was born in Tehran and grew up in Iran, Kenya, and the U.S. Her work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, National Geographic News, The Christian Science Monitor, and Drunken Boat, among others. She is the founder and co-editor of /One/ The Journal of Literature, Art and Ideas. Sara teaches writing at NYU and is working on a first novel. Her website is www.saragoudarzi.com.
Sahar Muradi is a NY-based writer and performer originally from Kabul, Afghanistan. She is co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press, 2010) and co-founder of the Afghan American Artists & Writers Association. She was a 2010 – 2011 Open City Organizing Fellow with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Sahar’s writing has been featured on public radio and published indOCUMENTA, phati’tude, Green Mountains Review, and HOW2 Journal. Her recent theater credits include performing in a devised production of “Masque of the Red Death” (HiveMind Theatre) and in a tour of “Undocumented” (Unboxed Voices), as well as helping to establish an all-women’s theater group in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Sahar has an MPA in international development from New York University and a BA in literature and creative writing from Hampshire College.
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and the National Endowment for the Arts.