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Sholeh Wolpe

Author's 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 a 2014 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, 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. As a poet who saddles two cultures and languages, Sholeh has been committed to translating and editing poetry and other literature from Iran, because in her view, "people should dialogue through poetry and not their politicians." Her 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 Tremors—New Fiction by Iranian American Writers. Sholeh has participated in numerous festivals and sponsored international programs, interacting and writing with poets of other countries. She teaches poetry and literary translation at University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Masters of Fine Arts program, and lives (mostly) in Los Angeles.

Publications and Prizes

Breaking The Jaws of Silence: Sixty American Poets Speak to the World (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), Keeping Time With Blue Hyacinths (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles (Michigan State University Press, 2012), RoofTops ofTehran by Sholeh Wolpe (Red Hen Press, 2008), Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (University of Arkansas Press, 2007), The Scar Saloon (Red Hen Press, 2004)
Fresh Flash: Short Short Stories About Youth (Persea Books, 2011), Tablet & Pen-- Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (regional editor) (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), Poetry of Iranian Women (Create Space, 2009), Powwow: American Short Fiction from Then to Now (Perseus Press, 2009), Language for a New Century (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008), Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008), Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves, — An anthology of Asian American Female Poets (Deep Bowl Press, 2008), Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland Empire (Heyday Books, 2007), Evensong: Contemporary Poems of Spirituality (Bottom Dog Press, 2006), Java Monkey Speaks (Poetry Atlanta Press, 2006), Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of Iranian Diaspora (University of Arkansas Press, 2006), Poetry That is Life (Ketab Gooya Publishing, 2006), The Other Side of Sorrow (Poetry Society of New Hampshire, 2006), Di-ver-city (Austin International Poetry Foundation, 2005), Strange Times, My Dear: PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature (Arcade, 2005), City Dialogues: Life Druing Wartime (California Arts Council, 2004), So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach, 2003)
Art/Life Limited Editions, Ash Canyon Review, Atlanta Review, Beacons, Callaloo, Chaffin Journal, Circumference, City Dialogues: Life During Wartime, Faultline, Grain, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Iranian.com, Journal of the American Medical Association, Los Angeles Review, Maize, Mochila Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, Onthebus, Orbis, Pearl Magazine, Persian Mirror, Poetry Salzburg Review, Revista Respiro, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Spillway Magazine, Spiral Bridge, The Daily Star, The Persian Book Review, Two Lines XIV: World Writing in Translation, Two Review, Women's Review of Books, Words Without Borders
— 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund in support of her new project, translating 12th century Iranian Mystic Poet, Attar — 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation Award for "Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad" — Midwest Book Award for "The Forbidden--Poems from Iran and Its Exiles" — "Peace through the Arts" award, Artists Embassy International (2005) — First and second prize in poetry, Soul-Making Literary Competition from The National League of American Pen Women (2003)

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Listing last updated: November 19, 2014

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Gives readings?
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Iranian American
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Fluent in:
English, Persian
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Raised in:
Tehran and Couva(Trinidad)

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