Iranian Poetry Reading: Abbas Saffari

In an evening to draw attention to the situation of writers in Iran, which imprisons more writers than any other country, PEN Texas presents acclaimed poet Abbas Saffari.

He will read on November 4th, at 7:30 pm, in the Southern Methodist University Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Ave., Dallas, TX. The reading will be in English, with some poems read also in Farsi. He will be joined by Dallas poet Ahmad Langaroodi.

Abbas Saffari is the author of six volumes of poetry. Despite censorship, his work is some of Iran’s best-selling literature. His first book, Confluence of Hands and Apples (Los Angeles: Kaaroon, 1992) won the Sweedish Baran Book Prize. His third, Old Camera and Other Poems (Tehran: Sales, 2002) won the Karmaneh Book Prize in Iran, the first time a poet outside Iran was granted this award.

Read Abbas Saffari’s “Our Story,” which has been banned in Iran: “Things would have turned nasty, had we stayed in paradise!
–from Words without Borders

Read more of Abbas Saffari’s poems, in English and Farsi, at The Translation Project

This event is co-sponsored by the Persian Cultural Center.

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