Guest Lecture at UT Dortmund “Love and Pomegranates: An American Author’s Creative Interaction With Iran”

I’ve been invited by Professor Walter Greunzweig of UT Dortmund in Germany to speak to American Studies studies students about my experiences in Iran and publishing novels and nonfiction set in the Middle East. The title of my Guest Lecture today is “Love and Pomegranates: An American Author’s Creative Interaction With Iran.” UT Dortmund and the...

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Excerpt from “Travels With Ramazan” posted on PEN.org

The PEN American Center has posted an excerpt of one my short stories from Love and Pomegranates on the their website, PEN.org. I am proud have my story shared by an organization whose mission is so close mine. The PEN American Center strives to promote literature and art as a way to bridge cultures and peoples. Programs range from book translation to the Young Adult...

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Love and Pomegranates Abound at San Jose State

Last Thursday evening several contributors to the anthology Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran gathered at San Jose State for a reading organized by Persis Karim, a professor of English literature and composition. I’d like to thank everyone who attended as well the Dr. Martin Luther King Library and Spartan Bookstore for hosting and providing books...

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Seattle’s Iranian Festival Rocks

Last weekend I was invited to talk at Seattle’s Iranian Festival, an event-filled day at Seattle Center. Hundreds of people attended, the place was packed all day with stage performances changing every 20 minutes or so with dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, cooks, authors and others. Among the attendees were avid readers who poured over the selection of...

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A Love and Pomegranates Celebration

Last weekend I celebrated the publication of my anthology Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran, published by Nortia Press. It is a collection of essays, poetry, interviews and blog posts written by ordinary people who have found friendships, mentors and muses in Iran. The collection aims to challenge many of the negative stereotypes about Iran and its...

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Welcome to the Love and Pomegranates blog

The idea for Love and Pomegranates started after I traveled to Iran in 2005 and met the writers and translators smiling in this photo. I had been invited to participate in Iran’s First International Children’s Book Festival. Within days of arriving in Iran, I met many new friends who shared similar professional opinions, similar aspirations and a similar world...

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