MA: English Literature, Shahid Beheshti University
PhD, University of Waterloo
I was born close to date palm trees and marshlands and rivers and rolling hills. Then I grew up by mountains and citrus trees because one night a monster attacked my hometown when people were fast asleep; different species of that war are still alive and at work. Maybe moving, being on the road right from the beginning, being dis- or mis-placed every few years explains why I decided to study literature, whether in a temporary camp which turned out to be a home during the war and after that when I was growing up or later when I did degrees in English in different cities. And maybe all this explains why I write and also why I remain interested in Middle Eastern poetry and cinema. Fast forward; I finished my studies at the University of Waterloo, writing a dissertation on poetry and art nonfiction film to explore concepts of loss and consolation.
Among the courses I have taught are Children’s Literature; The Rebel; Creative Writing I (poetry and the short story; poetry, aphorism, poetic translation); Poetry, Source of Knowledge; and Poetry Appreciation and Expression.
Send My Roots Rain. Waterloo: North Waterloo Press, 2013
The Whale Who Breaks the Surface of Morning. Tehran: The Maya Press, 2016
University of Waterloo Creative Writing awards for Poetry (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Poetry and knowing, Poetry and Politics, lyric poetry, poetic and iterative translation. My work always returns to poetry; I’ve recently finished two poetry collections and looking for a publisher, and am currently translating a book on poetic modernism in the Middle East.
Poetry and poetics, especially 20th and 21st centuries, creative writing in particular poetry, poetic translation, world cinemas particularly the European and Japanese, Middle Eastern art film, visual arts and literature, and continental philosophy.