S188. Persian Poetry as American Influence: A Multigenre Discussion

AWP Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Halls D & E, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Over a half century before Ezra Pound turned to Chinese and Japanese poetry to help establish a poetics of western modernism, Ralph Waldo Emerson found his way to another, less recognized region of Asia. While poetry from Iran continues to inform American writing, its significance remains somewhat neglected. Five acclaimed American and Iranian American authors offer new insights about the influence of Persian poetry upon their fiction, criticism, poetry, journalism, and literary translation.


Roger Sedarat is the author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, Ghazal Games, and Foot Faults: Tennis Poems. A recipient of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, he teaches creative writing and literary translation in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York.

Don Share is the editor of Poetry, and author, editor, or translator of twelve books. His work at Poetry has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence, a VIDA "VIDO" Award for his contributions to American literature and literary community, and a CLMP Firecracker Award.

Tom Sleigh's many books include Station Zed, Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and he works as a journalist in Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Iraq, and Libya.

Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. is a poet, an editor, a translator of classical and contemporary Persian, and a corporate consultant. Her works include Green Sea of Heaven: Fifty Ghazals of Hafiz-i Shiraz, Iran: Poems of Dissent, and the original poetry collection SERIES | INDIA.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside