literature

Sholeh Wolpe

Bio: 
Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, literary translator and writer. She was born in Iran and spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Sholeh’s most recent awards include the 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize. About Sholeh, the Poetry Foundation writes: "Wolpé’s concise, unflinching, and often wry free verse explores violence, culture, and gender. So many of Wolpé's poems deal with the violent situation in the Middle East, yet she is ready to both bravely and playfully refuse to let death be too proud." She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, The Scar Saloon and Rooftops of Tehran; two collections of translations, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, and a special edition of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself into Persian, co-translated with Mohsen Emadi and commissioned by the University of Iowa’s International Program. She is the editor of numerous anthologies, including Breaking the Jaws of Silence—Sixty American Poets Speak to the World, featuring the most respected voices in American poetry, and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles. She is a regional editor and a translator for the Iran section of Tablet and Pen—Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and her Iran Edition of the Atlanta Review became the journal’s best selling issue. Sholeh is a poet who straddles two cultures and languages. She is committed to translating and editing poetry and other literature from Iran, because in her view, "people should dialogue through poetry and not their politicians." Sholeh's work has been translated into several languages and included in numerous poetry and fiction anthologies, such as Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia; Beyond; Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: An Anthology of Asian American Female Poets; PowWow--Charting the Faultlines in the American Experience—Fiction from Then to Now; and Termors—New Fiction by Iranian American Writers. She has taught poetry and literary translation at Stonecoast's MFA program and has participated in numerous festivals including Dodge Poetry Festival, and sponsored international programs such as Same Gate in Turkey, interacting and writing with poets from Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, France, Iran and the U.S.. She lives (mostly) in Los Angeles.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
poetry
Area(s) of Interest: 
literature
art
Theater
translation
Education: 
M.A. from Northwestern Unviersity
MHS from Johns Hopkins University
BA from George Washington University
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Mehrdad Naghibian

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
instrumentalist
Area(s) of Interest: 
world music
poetry
literature
Education: 
Biomedical Engineering BME
Medical Records Bsc
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Behzad Razavi Nia
Pejmon Haddadi
Bijan Kamkar
Hosseim Tehrani
Location
City or Town: 
Lake Forest
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Alexander Billet

Bio: 
Alexander Billet, a music journalist, writer and activist living in Chicago, runs Rebel Frequencies. A columnist for SleptOn.com and the Society of Cinema and Arts, his articles have also appeared in Z Magazine, New Politics, CounterPunch, Socialist Worker, PopMatters.com, Dissident Voice, the International Socialist Review, the Washington Peace Letter, MR Zine and Razorcake.org among others. His article “Is Russell Simmons Playing Politics with Hip-Hop?” appears in the academic collection At Issue: Should Music Lyrics Be Censored For Violence and Exploitation? released in 2008 by Greenhaven Press. Billet has also been interviewed on Radio Free Adelaide in Australia and W.E.A.L.L.B.E. radio show. His All-Time Top Five artists are the Clash, Public Enemy, Nina Simone, Massive Attack and Rage Against the Machine (with a close sixth being a tie between Lauryn Hill and Manic Street Preachers). Contact him at rebelfrequencies@gmail.com
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
music
journalism
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
literature
journalism
Film
travel
Social Change
Education: 
Syracuse University
class of 2006
Location
City or Town: 
Chicago
State or Province: 
Illinois
Country: 
United States

Sylvia Beato

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
writing
Area(s) of Interest: 
languages
travel
food
psychology
spirituality
literature
art
Education: 
Emerson College (Writing
Literature and Publishing)
New College of Florida (Literature/ Spanish Language and Culture
Mentors and Inspiration: 
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Location
City or Town: 
New York
State or Province: 
NY
Country: 
United States
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