Time and the Parsagon Journey*

In the early snowfall of September in Calgary-my adopted home, and the short and windy autumn that ironically followed the snow, I imagined this moment. This day in November, that I knew I would be out of the country, sitting … read more



Kadkani, a Gem of Khorasan

There are not many literary scholars in the history of Persian literature who are also great poets; neither are there many poets who made it as great literary scholars. Mohammad Reza Shafi’i Kadkani (b. October 12, 1939), renowned poet and … read more



Elli Dehnavi Recommends

Born in 1980 in Mashhad, Elli Dehnavi is a writer, editor, and literary translator who also does academic research on Middle Eastern cinema and literature. She studied English Literature, and started writing stories and translating works of fiction and critical … read more



Bijan Najdi [1941-1997]

Bijan Najdi (15 November 1941 in Khash, Iran – 25 August 1997 in Lahijan, Iran) was an Iranian short story writer and poet best known for his collection The Leopards Who Have Run with Me, which was his only short … read more



Bombay Rain, Part II

Written by Payam Yazdanjoo | Translated by: Poupeh Missaghi | Edited by: Adam Seth | Header Photo by Matteo Vegetti (c) “Bombay Rain” was first published in Denver Quarterly, Vol 48, No3, 2014, and it is being republished here by permission of copyright … read more



The Memories of Taj-al-Saltaneh: A History of Wonder and Anguish

Long before Iranian diaspora women’s memoirs became popular in the West, an Iranian princess of the Qajar dynasty, Taj-al-Saltaneh, ventured into this genre. Despite being raised in Naser-al-Din Shah’s harem, where the Shah’s ardor and egotism had gathered hundreds of … read more



Let Us Steal a Lease of Life

Raised in Post-War plenty, I could hear the chains of concentration camps rattling somewhere close by; but we children of the earnest fifties were soon etched by the permissions of 1965-1975; when these unwelcome hallucinations faded, so did many other … In Memory of Martin V. Turner



Tehran Story Award

Tehran Story Award (or as Zibasazi has entitled it, Tehran’s Story Award) was founded in 2014 by TBO (Tehran Beautification Organization, dependnt of the Municipality of Tehran) in collaboration with Hamshhri Magazines Group. The main goal of the award is … 1st Edition



May 2015 Roundup

I. The 28th Tehran Int’l Book Fair Held Tehran International Book Fair is annually held in May as a social and cultural phenomenon with book displays, panel discussions and publishing deals. The Fair is considered the most significant event of … read more