Profile

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Bloom, Rahmani, and the Beautification of Bitterness

A Profile on Nosrat Rahmani (1929-2000) Writing on Nosrat Rahmani’s poetry, the most challenging task would be to portray its unique kind in comparison with other contemporary forms of Iranian avant-garde poetry. Where it is formidable to reveal the innovative … read more

Piece

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War and Silence

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

Perspective

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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

Memorial

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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

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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

Awards

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Tirgan Short Story Contest

Tirgan: an ancient celebration of Iranian arts and culture Tirgan refers to an ancient festival traditionally held in the month of July (the month of ‘Tir’ in Persian Calendar). Reviving this ancient tradition, the first edition of Tirgan Festival was … Updated 22 August 2015