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13 Nov 2011 02:34Comments


[ diaspora ] The literary magazine Guernica has put together its first Iranian-American issue, guest edited by author Porochista Khakpour.

"I wish that no one had the concept Iranian-American--which might sound pessimistic, but just ask any of your local neighborhood Others what identification has done for them lately," Khakpour is quoted as saying. "[I]n putting this issue together, I found that the contrarian instinct in me was useful for soliciting a broad spectrum of writers and writings for a reader unfamiliar with the work of diasporic Iranians. Instead of showcasing commonalities in crude clumps and bulging brands, I wanted to present a collection that's testament to the fact that ethnic origin is where oneness ends. In this way, the grouping is intentionally unsettling."

Click here to read the issue.

Photo by Iraj Isaac Rahmim

Copyright © 2011 Guernica

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