The Legacy of Forugh Farrokhzad

Event Date: Thursday, December 3 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University proudly presents a celebration of the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad, the most iconic female poet of Iran, whose work changed the landscape of contemporary Persian poetry on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm (PST). More than fifty years after her death, Forugh’s poetry resonates with global readers and writers. This program features the work of three writers/poets of the Iranian diaspora. Co-presented by the Poetry Center and the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies.

Free and open to the public.

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Jasmin Darznik is the author of “Song of a Captive Bird” which was selected as a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” book and a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life.” She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at California College of the Arts.

Shabnam Piryaei is an award-winning poet, playwright, media artist, and filmmaker. In addition to her books, “Nothing is Wasted,” “FORWARD,” and “ode to fragile,” she wrote and directed three poetry films that have screened at film festivals and art galleries around the world. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University.

Sholeh Wolpe is an Iranian-born poet, writer and playwright. She is the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award, 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize as well as artist fellowship and residencies in the US, Mexico, Spain, Australia, and Switzerland. Her literary work includes five collections of poetry, several plays, four books of translations, and three anthologies.