Issue Number Five
Special Feature: Writers From Iran
Moniru Ravanipur, Omid Fallahazad, Shahriar Mandanipour on Ardeshir Mohassess, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
Interview with Moniru Ravanipur by Miranda Mellis
Plus… Georges Perec on Alban Berg, A (mini) anthology of Lost Poets of Los Angeles, plus new writing from Graham Guest, John Duvernoy, Sara Jaffe, Michael Mejia, and Jeffrey Herrick
Contributors to this issue:
John Duvernoy is the author of the chapbook Razor Love (Unlock the Clockcase). He lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Omid Fallahazad was born and raised in Iran. Before moving to the U.S., his works of fiction, including a biographical novella, were published in Farsi. Since 2001, he has lived in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his first novel in English in 2010.
Graham Guest is a doctoral candidate in writing at Glasgow University. He recently completed his first novel, Winter Park, and is currently studying the presentation of modes of consciousness in first-person, present-tense fiction. He and his family are in the process of relocating from Scotland to San Francisco.
Rob Halpern is the author of several books of poems including Rumored Place and Disaster Suites, as well as the co-author, together with Taylor Brady, of Snow Sensitive Skin. Music for Porn is forthcoming. His translations of Perec’s early essays can be found in Chicago Review and in the Review of Contemporary Fiction, where an essay of his own on Perec’s early work can also be found.
Jeffrey Herrick lives in Osaka, where he is a professor of English literature. He is the author of two collections of poetry in Japan, Patterns and Fittings in Zipangu (2000) and Valences (2006), as well as a recent critical study, Poetrying (2011). His poetry has recently appeared in The Antioch Review, Descant, and Vallum.
Sara Jaffe’s writing has appeared in matchbook, NOON, and Encyclopedia F-K. She is co-editor of New Herring Press and lives in Brooklyn.
Sara Khalili is an editor and translator of contemporary Iranian literature. Her translations include Shahriar Mandanipour’s novel Censoring an Iranian Love Story.
Shahriar Mandanipour is regarded as one of the most successful contemporary writers in Iran. He has won numerous awards for his novels, short stories, and non-fiction, although he was unable to publish there from 1992 until 1997 as a result of censorship. His first novel to appear in English, Censoring an Iranian Love Story, was published by Knopf in 2009. He currently lives and works in Cambridge, MA.
Michael Mejia is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the NEA and a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. His novel Forgetfulness was published by FC 2, and his work has appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Seneca Review, Notre Dame Review and several anthologies, including My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (Penguin, 2010). The first two parts of “Night/Nurse/Novel” appeared in issues 3 and 4 of Paul Revere’s Horse.
Miranda Mellis is the author of The Revisionist (Calamari Press), Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and None of This Is Real (forthcoming, Sidebrow Press). She is a regular contributor to The Believer and an editor at The Encyclopedia Project. She lives in San Francisco.
Naveed Noori is the pseudonym of an Iranian author and translator. His first work under this pseudonym, Dakhmeh, was selected by Barnes and Nobles as part of their “Great New Writers Series” in 2003. His short story, “The Fortune Seller,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize last year. He has recently completed a translation of Sadegh Hedayat’s Blind Owl based on the Bombay edition and is working on his second novel. He currently lives in Samangan.
Georges Perec (1936–1982) won the Renaudot Prize for his novel Les Choses in 1965 before becoming a member of the OuLiPo (L’ouvroir de littérature potentielle, or “Workshop for a Potential Literature”). Among his many works are La vie mode d’emploi [Life A User’s Manual] and La Disparition [A Void], a magisterial lipogram written without once using the letter e.
Moniru Ravanipur is an Iranian author living far from her country. She is the author of ten published works and of many more that remain unpublished. She is currently writer-in-residence at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Brian Kim Stefans is the author of What is Said the Poet Concerning Flowers (2006) and Kluge: A Meditation (2007), along with Before Starting Over: Writings and Interviews (2008), among other works. He teaches new media and literature at UCLA. Digital works such as “Suicide in an Airplane (1919)” and “Star Wars, One Letter at a Time” can be found at arras.net.
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi was raised in Iran and then moved to the United States when she was a teenager. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University. A former writing resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts, she is currently on a Fulbright Grant in Catalonia, Spain. She is co-author of the Words without Borders dispatch series titled ArtistsTalk: Israel/Palestine. Her work can be found in State of the Union (Wave Books anthology of political poetry), Harp & Altar, Paul Revere’s Horse, Sleepingfish, PoetryProject.com, Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K, and Xcp: A Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics. Her chapbook, Girona, is forthcoming from New Herring Press. Her novel, Fra Keeler, is forthcoming from “Dorothy, a publishing project” in the fall of 2012.