Fatemeh Shams grew up in Mashhad in northeast Iran, in a conservative environment where she said she found it challenging to express her doubts about religion and explore her identity as a woman.
By Corinne Segal
Persian literature scholar Dick Davis reads a poem by the renowned 14 century poet Hafez.
Stephen Mitchell reads from his translation of 'The Iliad' by Homer.
Jeffrey Brown talks to Stephen Mitchell about his translation of 'The Iliad' by Homer.
Norwegian author Per Petterson reads from his novel "I Curse this River of Time."…
By Tom LeGro
Farzaneh Milani is also one of the translators of Simin Behbahani, Iran's foremost living poet. Behbahani has published 19 books of poems, two collections of short stories, a memoir of her late husband and numerous literary articles, essays and interviews.
To help combat depression, Pamela Greenberg flipped through the Book of Psalms in Hebrew, taking time to translate the ones that spoke out to her on any given day. Over time, Greenberg found she had translated so many, she decided…
By Molly Finnegan
Open Letter Books, a small press operating out of the University of Rochester in New York, is trying to offer those readers a head start. Unlike some large publishing houses that occasionally release translated works, Open Letter only publishes works…
By Tom LeGro
You can watch Vera Pavlova read poems not shown on the program below and also check out our Poetry Series page for additional material.
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