Transplanted Writers Series at Poetry Center San Jose
Thursday, 4 November 2004 at 7:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., Room #225, San Jose
Zara Houshmand was born in the United States to an American mother and an Iranian father. She spent her childhood in the Philippines and received a B.A. in English from London University. Her award-winning translations of Bijan Mofid's plays and her own plays, The Future Ain't What It Used to Be and In Xanadu, have been produced in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is the editor of several books on Buddhism and science, a pioneer in the development of virtual reality as an art form and a contributing editor for Words Without Borders.
Persis Karim, the sixth child of an Iranian father and a French mother, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Texas at Austin and has been an assistant professor at San Josť State University since 1999. In addition to courses in world and comparative literature, Persis teaches introductory creative writing. She is co-editor and co-author of A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans (George Braziller 1999), and is co-editor of a second anthology, Let Me Tell You Where I Have Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora (forthcoming). Her prose and poetry explore the complexities and delights of life on the hyphen.
Katayoon Zandvakili was born in Tehran, Iran and raised in the United States. Her volume of poetry, Deer Table Legs, was published by the University of Georgia Press as part of their Contemporary Poetry Series in 1998, and the title poem appeared in the 2000 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her work has been published in:Rattapallax, American Poetry: Next Generation, A World Between Five Fingers Review, Hawaii Review and The Massachusetts Review. Zandvakili lives in San Francisco.
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