F231. Beyond the “Axis of Evil:” Shattering the Stereotypes of Iran and Iranians Through Fiction

Room 303, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Friday, February 28, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The anthology Tremors collects the work of Iranian-American fiction writers for the first time. Four Iranian writers will present work that reflects some of the pain of history in Iran and the US but also offers a bracing counter-narrative to prevailing political discourse and a tenacious spirit of resilience. Discussion topics will include minorities, the Green Revolution, the post 9/11 climate, the challenges of assimilation, and the complications of otherness.



Persis Karim is a poet, editor, and professor at San Jose State University. In addition to writing poetry, she is co editor of Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers (2013) and editor and contributing poet to Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora (2005).

Anita Amirrezvani’s first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in twenty-five languages. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published  in 2012. She co-edited the 2013 anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers, and she teaches at the California College of the Arts.

Omid Fallahazad is an Iranian American writer who has made the transition to writing in English since 2001. By then, some of his works in Farsi had slipped past the censors in Iran. Sabzeh, his fiction in English, has recently appeared in Tremors, a new anthology of Iranian American writers.

Jasmin Darznik is the author of The Good Daughter. A New York Times bestseller, the memoir has been translated into eight languages and was shortlisted for the 2013 Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

Marjan Kamali is the author of the novel Together Tea. She has an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Her work has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center