LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA
Saturday, April 26 10:30 AM sharp
Iranian-born poet, playwright and literary translator Sholeh Wolpe will be reading from her new collection of poems, "Rooftops of Tehran" as well as from " Sin-Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad."
"Maligned and admried in her all-to-brief life, demonized and eventually banned soon after the Islamic Revolution, Forugh Farrokhzad is a literary icon and guru in Iran today."
--Farzaneh Milani, author of Veils and Words, The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers
Rooftops of Tehran
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"Sholeh Wolpe's translations, meeting the rigor and esthetic of her compatirot, flow and carry us into rare catharisis."
--Willis Barnstone, author of more than forty books of poetry, scholarship, translation and memoir
"Sholeh Wolpe's translations are hypnotic int heir beauty and force. This book will be treassured by readers who crave not a clash of culures but a connection."
--Alicia Ostriker, author of eleven volumes of poetry, including No Heaven
"Sholeh Wolpe's Rooftops of Tehran is that truly rare event: an important book of poetry. Brushing against the grain of Persian-Islamic culture, she sings a deep affection for what she ruffles. This is a powerful, elegant book."
--Richard Katrovas, poet and novelist, Western Michigan University
"A stark and wondrous journey through and beyond the worlds looming on top of the aching roofs of Tehran, the poems in this collection are as vibrant as they are brave. Sholeh Wolpé poetry proves to be rumination, prayer, song. This book is an irresistible unrest. "
--Nathalie Handal, Poet, Editor of Poetry of Arab Women, and co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond
The Festival of Books will be held on the UCLA campus. The event is FREE. Parking on the UCLA campus is $8.
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