Sholeh Wolpé

Poet

137 N. Larchmont Blvd # 694
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Author's Bio

Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet, writer and literary translator. Her performances, solo or in collaboration with musicians and artists, have been hailed by audiences as mesmerizing.   
The Inaugural Author in Residence at UCLA in 2018, she is the recipient of a 2014 PEN Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize as well as artist fellowship and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Australia and Switzerland.
Wolpé ’s literary work includes five collections of poetry, several plays, three books of translations, and three anthologies. Her most recent publications include The Conference of the Birds (W.W. Norton & Co), Cómo escribir una canción de amor (Olifante Ediciones de Poesia, Spain), and Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths (University of Arkansas Press.) Her new play, an adaptation of The Conference of the Birds, premiered at The Ubuntu Theater in Oakland California (Nov. 30- Dec 16.) Wolpé has performed her literary work with world-renowned musicians at Quincy Jones Presents series on Broad Stage, Skirball Cultural Center Series, Los Angeles Aloud, LA County Museum of Art Ahmanson stage, Singapore Literature Festival, Brisbane Jazz Night with Ingrid James, UNSW School of Arts and Media theater, and other venues. She travels internationally as a performing poet, writer and public speaker, and has taught poetry and literary translation at UCLA and University of Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program in the United States. 

Literary agent: 
Lindsay Edgecombe of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Ink Knows No Borders (Seven Stories Press, 2019)
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Making Mirrors: Writing//Righting by Refugees (Interlink Publishing Group, 2018)
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The Golden Shovel (University of Arkansas Press, 2018)
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Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Beyond Baroque Books, 2015)
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Dead and Undead Poems (Everyman, 2014)
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The Pacific Coast Poetry Series (Tebot Bach, 2014)
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Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press, 2013)
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Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women (Kasva Press, 2013)
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Fresh Flash: Short Short Stories About Youth (Persea Books, 2011)
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Tablet & Pen-- Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (regional editor) (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010)
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Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010)
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Poetry of Iranian Women (CreateSpace, 2009)
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Powwow: American Short Fiction from Then to Now (Perseus Press, 2009)
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Language for a New Century (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
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Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
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Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves, — An anthology of Asian American Female Poets (Deep Bowl Press, 2008)
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Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland Empire (Heyday Books, 2007)
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Evensong: Contemporary Poems of Spirituality (Bottom Dog Press, 2006)
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Java Monkey Speaks (Poetry Atlanta Press, 2006)
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Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of Iranian Diaspora (University of Arkansas Press, 2006)
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Poetry That is Life (Ketab Gooya Publishing, 2006)
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The Other Side of Sorrow (Poetry Society of New Hampshire, 2006)
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Di-ver-city (Austin International Poetry Foundation, 2005)
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Strange Times, My Dear: PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature (Arcade, 2005)
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City Dialogues: Life Druing Wartime (California Arts Council, 2004)
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So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach, 2003)
Books:
The Conference of the Birds (W. W. Norton & Company, 2018)
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Breaking The Jaws of Silence: Sixty American Poets Speak to the World (University of Arkansas Press, 2013)
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Keeping Time With Blue Hyacinths (University of Arkansas Press, 2013)
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The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles (Michigan State University Press, 2012)
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RoofTops ofTehran by Sholeh Wolpe (Red Hen Press, 2008)
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Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (University of Arkansas Press, 2007)
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The Scar Saloon (Red Hen Press, 2004)
Journals:
Art/Life Limited Editions
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Ash Canyon Review
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Atlanta Review
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Beacons
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Callaloo
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Catamaran
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Chaffin Journal
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Circumference
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City Dialogues: Life During Wartime
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Connotation Press
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Consequence
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Dum Dum Zine
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Faultline
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Great River Review
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Green Hills Literary Lantern
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Iranian.com
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Journal of the American Medical Association
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Levure Litteraire
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Maize
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Mochila Review
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Muse Apprentice Guild
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Onthebus
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Orbis
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Pearl Magazine
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Persian Mirror
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Poetry London
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Poetry Salzburg Review
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Punch
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Revista Respiro
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Runes: A Review of Poetry
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Spillway Magazine
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Spiral Bridge
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The Daily Star
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The Enchanting Verses Literary Review
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The Offing
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The Persian Book Review
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The Warwick Review
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Two Lines XIV: World Writing in Translation
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Two Review
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Women's Review of Books
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Prizes won: 

2019 Willis Barnstone Life Achievement Award for Translation, University of Evansville
2018   Inaugural Writer in Residence, UCLA
2017   Centenary Stage Women Playwrights 
2016  Ashland New Plays Festival, finalist
2016  Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, semifinalist
2015   International Poetry Translation Fellowship, Spain
2015   Le Château de Lavigny Residency, Switzerland
2014  PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant
2014   Hedgebrook Residency, U.S.A.
2013   Midwest Book Award
2010   Lois Roth Persian Translation Award
2006  Glimmer Train, Open Fiction finalist
2005  Artists Embassy International, “Peace through the Arts” award
2003   The National League of American Pen Women, “Soul-Making” literary award
2003   Houston Poetry Fest, “Juried Poet” award

 

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Iranian American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English, Persian
Born in: 
Iran
Raised in: 
United Kingdom
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Last update: May 08, 2019