Sample Essays and Poetry

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“Journey Into Iran’s Literary Landscape,” an essay by Meghan Nuttall Sayres about finding like minds and an abundance of imagination among artists at Iran’s First International Children’s Book Festival. p.118

“Stones In A New Garden,” an essay by Aphrodite Désirée Navab, who realizes a life- long dream to return to Iran. p.12

“Fly, Howl, Love, A Tribute to the Life of Forugh Farrokhzad,” and, “I Will Never Wear Her Clothes,” poems by Shideh Etaat—one celebrating the life of the late, beloved Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, and another honoring Shideh’s mother. p.43

“Persia/Iran,” an essay by Jamila Gavin about her British and Indian parents who met in Iran and shared a long-held love of all things Persian. p.48

“Cultural Exchange Through Translation, An Interview with Shaghayegh Ghandehari,” by Ericka Taylor. Ghandehari’s, early love of Western literature led her to become a translator for children and adults in Iran. p.124

“Forest Fire,” an essay by Manijeh Nasrabadi on traveling to Iran to meet her Zoroastrian relatives. p.181

 “Iranian Cure For the Delta’s Blues,” an article by Joel K. Bourne, Jr. While political leaders in the US and Iran are practicing brinksmanship, health care professionals from both countries are working together to serve the underserved in Mississippi. p.207