Iranian Edition (Vol I) – Issue 39; March (2021)

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Iranian Edition (Vol I of 2)
Issue 39, March; ’21

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Hello readers, writers, and you!

Welcome to The Bombay Review’s Iranian Edition (Vol I). This two volume series is part of our effort to bring international literature and new writing to The Bombay Review readers, who are largely based out of South Asia and the United States. A delicately hand picked curation of art and writing, this edition has opened the doors to larger literary cooperation with Iran, with a possible event and reading later this year.

For a long time, TBR had been planning an edition to showcase the good writing coming from or about Iran. Our initial project was scheduled for a winter 2020 release, but we were delayed because of the pandemic. Here we are finally, and look forward to your feedback. Watch out for Vol II, out soon!

The two issues are edited and compiled by Dr. Nilofar Shidmehr. Her website is here.

The cover was designed by Forough Forouzandeh, a brilliant artist and children’s book illustrator based out of Tehran. She has illustrated, exhibited, and worked on multiple projects over the years, receiving critical acclaim and awards in the domestic art circuit of Iran.

Happy Reading!

Iranian Edition (Vol I) – Issue 39, March, 2021 (Year 8)

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Poetry by Golnoosh Nour | Issue 39 (2021)

Golnoosh Nour teaches Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire and has a radio programme on Soho Radio Culture. Nour studied English Literature at Shahid Beheshti University and gained a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her debut short story collection The Ministry of Guidance was published in 2020, the debut poetry…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Poetry by Mehrnaz Bassiri | Issue 39 (2021)

In 2011, Mehrnaz Bassiri made the riskiest and most rewarding decision of her professional life: she traded her career in biotech for educational development. She is now an educator, progress specialist, and the founder of MyGradeBooster. Mehrnaz is the recipient of Futurpreneur Canada’s “The Sky’s Your Limit Entrepreneur of the Year” award and she has…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Fiction by Nasim Marashi | Issue 39 (2021)

NASIM MARASHI was born in Tehran, Iran in 1984. She started her career in journalism in 2007 and became a screenwriter in 2013. She won the Premier Prix in Bayhaqi Story Prize (2014) for the short story “Nakhjir” and the Premier Prix in Tehran Story Prize (2015) for the short story “Rood.” Her debut novel,…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Art by Saba Soleimany | Issue 39 (2021)

Saba Soleimany was born in Iran and is a book illustrator, painter, and jewelry designer. She has participated in numerous illustration and painting exhibitions in Iran and abroad. Saba is a member of the Iranian Illustrators Association. Since 2008, she has worked for a few domestic and foreign publishers as an illustrator.

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Fiction by Mojgan Ghazirad | Issue 39 (2021)

Mojgan Ghazirad, a native of Iran, graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and studied pediatrics at Inova Children’s Hospital, with a Neonatal medicine specialty from George Washington University. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of pediatrics at George Washington University NICU in Washington, DC. She has published three collections of short stories in…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Poetry by Khashayar Mohammadi | Issue 39 (2021)

Khashayar Mohammadi is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer, Translator and Photographer. He is the author of poetry Chapbooks “Moe’s Skin” by ZED press 2018, “Dear Kestrel” by knife | fork | book 2019 and “Solitude is an Acrobatic Act” by above/ground press 2020. His debut poetry collection “Me, You, Then Snow” is forthcoming…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Fiction by Firoozeh Khatibi | Issue 39 (2021)

Firoozeh Khatibi is a Los Angeles-based writer, playwright, independent journalist, actor, director and radio host. She has worked as an art critic and cultural correspondent with news outlets such as VOA, Radio Free Europe and British Broadcasting Co. Born in Tehran, studied at the New School and the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.…

Iranian Edition (Vol I ) | Poetry by Bänoo Zan | Issue 39 (2021)

Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 200 published poems and pieces along with three books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010.  Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions.…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Poetry by Majid Naficy | Issue 39 (2021)

Majid Naficy, the Arthur Rimbaud of Persian poetry, fled Iran in 1983, a year and a half after the execution of his wife, Ezzat in Tehran. Since 1984 Majid has been living in West Los Angeles. He has published two collections of poetry in English Muddy Shoes (Beyond Baroque, Books, 1999) and Father and Son…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Art by Parima Shahin Moghaddam | Issue 39 (2021)

Parima Shahin Moghaddam was born in Tehran- Iran 1961, and started her artistic career at an early age of 16. She does variations of art: painting, illustration, graphic design, jewellery design, costume and set design for movies & theatre, puppet design and art direction. She has also been an art teacher for young children between…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Fiction by Peyman Esmaeili | Issue 39 (2021)

Peyman Esmaeili was born in 1977 in Tehran. He graduated in Electrical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2000 and penned his first short story collection in 2005 with Qoqnoos Publishing House: Search Your Raincoat Pockets, which won him the Isfahan Literary Award in 2006. His second book, “Snow and the…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Fiction by Azarin Sadegh | Issue 39 (2021)

Azarin Sadegh was born in Iran. She studied computer science at Bourgogne University (France) and years later moved to California working as a software engineer in IBM and a few other firms.

She was a 2011 PEN America Emerging Voices and also completed advanced novel writing courses through UCLA Extension Writers’ Program where she…

Iranian Edition (Vol I ) | Fiction by Mehri Yalfani | Issue 39 (2021)

Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. After she finished high school, she moved to Tehran and graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree of electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for twenty years. She immigrated to Canada in 1987 with her family and has been writing and publishing since then. She…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Art by Nooshin Zarnani | Issue 39 (2021)

Nooshin Zarnani was born in Iran and graduated from Shahid Beheshti University with a degree in chemistry. She has art certificates in contemporary art, visual art, and art history, as well as experience in directing short films and video arts.

Her work has been featured in many exhibitions and art fairs in Iran, Malaysia, and…

Iranian Edition (Vol I) | Photography by Atieh Nouri | Issue 39 (2021)

Atieh Noori was born in 1972 in Tehran, and began her photography career in 2001 in different genres: sport, cinema, social documentary, architecture, advertising and portraiture. However, her main focus has been the fine arts and portraiture. Throughout the years she has explored these genres and exhibited her work all around the photography scene of…

Chief Editor: Dr Shidmehr, Ph.D., MFA, is the author of two collections of short fiction and four books of poetry in English and Farsi. She also co-translated with Ali Azarang Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye into Farsi. Dr. Shidmehr teaches in the Liberal Arts Program and Adults 55+ program at Simon Fraser University. She was born and raised in Iran and currently lives in Canada.


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