past appearances


January 2010

Teaching workshops in poetry performance and directing the annual senior ‘Poetry Cafe’ event at School of the Arts

October 31, 2009

Workshop: Translation: An Act of Love

Book Passage, Corte Madera, 10 AM - 6 PM

October 30, 2009

Reading from BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World

Book Passage, Corte Madera, 7 PM

October 22, 2009

Bobak Salehi and Niloufar Talebi perform ICARUS/RISE Remix at

The University of Oklahoma’s World Literature Today event, the 2009 Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture.

ICARUS/RISE Remix, Pireeni Sundaralingam and Colm O’Riain, Etgar Keret screening “Jellyfish”, 6:30 PM

September 24, 2009

‘30 Years of Belonging: New Iranian Poetry Around the World’ + slideshow of Iranian protest slogans with their translations.

Yale University MacMillan Center

Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT (203) 325-5080, 6:30 PM

Sponsored by CMES, co-sponsored with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at Yale

September 22, 2009

Panel on Iranian poetry at the Philoctetes Center for the ‘Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination’ with:
Iraj Anvar, Richard Jeffrey Newman, Roger Sedarat, Niloufar Talebi, Katayoon Zandvakili

Tuesday September 22, 2009, 7 - 8:30 PM

247 E 82nd St, NY, NY 10028-2701
(646) 422-0544

August 1, 2009

The Art and Politics of Translation

University of California at Irvine-Humanities Building 315

5:30 PM (cancelled)

July 23 - 26, 2009

Presenting translations of Ziba Karbassi’s poetry the San Francisco International Poetry Festival:

Saturday July 25, 2009
Main Stage Poetry Reading on with Francis Combes, Ziba Karbassi, Georges Castera/Joj Kastra, Taslima Nasrin, Al Young, Ámbar Past, Tarek Eltayeb, Agneta Falk, Sasha Pimentel Chacòn, Ferruccio Brugnaro, Carla Badillo Coronado, and Jack Hirschman.

7:00 - 9:30 PM at Palace of Fine Arts


Sunday July 26, 2009
Ziba Karbassi (Iran) reading with Niloufar Talebi

3:30 – 5:00 PM, North Beach Poetry Crawl at *Cafe Trieste*

July 11, 2009

Literatures of Resistance: In Solidarity w/ the Iranian People

FREE EVENT featuring Rana Farhan, Luis Francia, Amir Parsa, THE TEHRAN-DAKAR BROTHERS , Eleanor Wilner, D. Nurske, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Roger Sedarat, Dalia Sofer, Niloufar Talebi and more!

This free event is sponsored by the Association of Iranian American Writers, Persian Arts Festival, The Translation Project, ArteEast and Bowery Arts and Science. Any contributions at the event will be donated to Amnesty International.

Saturday July 11, 2009, 2 - 5 PM, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NYC

Co-sponsored by KODOOM.COM

July 6, 2009

PEN American Center Translation Slam

Inspired by live translation slams that proved to be audience favorites at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, and again at PEN World Voices, PEN’s online Translation Slam aims to showcase the art of translation by juxtaposing in a public forum two “competing” translations of a single work.

The poem chosen for the current installment is a political slogan devised by Iranian protesters who took to the streets this June after the official results of the presidential elections were announced. The slogan refers directly to an insult levied at protesters by current Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who referred to them as khas-o-khaashaak, meaning dirt and dust, scraps and bits….(read the two translations of this slogan here…)

ن خس و خاشاک تویی/ پست تر از خاک تویی
شور منم نور منم/ عاشق رنجور منم
زور تویی کور تویی/ هاله ی بی نور تویی
دلیر بی باک منم/ مالک این خاک منم

April 16, 2009

‘On Translation’ a step-by-step demonstration of the translation process at the Marin Poetry Center , 7:30 PM

March 26, 2009

Presenting on the “Translation and Performance” panel at the Queens College Translation Conference.

Keynote speech by Li-Young Lee

4:30 PM

March 24, 2009

Asia Pacific Forum WBAI interview

March 23, 2009

Interview with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate

February - April, 2009

Teaching workshops in poetry, creative writing and translation at School of the Arts

February 19, 2009

Reading of  BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, event introduced by Firoozeh Dumas, 7:30 PM

February 12, 2009

Presenting the lecture ’30 Years of BeLonging’ at University of California, Berkeley, co-sponsored by the English Department and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 6 PM - Maude Fife room

February 5-6, 2009

Presenting the Iranian Literary Arts Festival 2009, on the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution; in partnership with the SF International Poetry Festival and Asia Society

February 2, 2009

2009 Presenter at Left Coast Writers™ Literary Salon at Book Passage Corte Madera, 7 PM

February 1, 2009

Appearance on Liane Hansen’s ‘Weekend Edition Sunday’ NPR show

January 28, 2009

Multimedia presentation at UCLA, sponsored by the Iranian Student Group

January 23, 2009

Multimedia presentation at National University in San Diego, co-sponsored by the Persian Culture Club of San Diego, 8 PM

January 18, 2009

Presentation of the dramaturgy of ICARUS/RISE at the ‘Arts in the One World’ International Theater conference at California Institute of the Arts (CAL ARTS), 1:30 PM

December 13, 2009

Voice of America interview with Behnood Mokri

December 4, 2008

Lecture on ‘Contemporary Iranian Poetry’ and class visits at Nassau Community College

December 2, 2008

Lecture on ‘Contemporary Iranian Poetry’ and class visits at Central Connecticut State University

November 19, 2008

Persian Arts Festival’s Shab-e She’r reading of BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World

November 9, 2008

Reading at KGB BAR

October 10-11, 2008

ICARUS/RISE Re-mix! - a small-ensemble version of the larger production - at the Red Poppy Arts House

October 9, 2008

Reading at Books, Inc. Mountain view

October 6, 2008

Litquake 2008 reading at the SF public library; and presenting on “East of Istanbul: Voices from the Muslim World” at the Mechanics Institute San Francisco

October 4, 2008

Screening ‘Midnight Approaches’ at the Mission Arts and Performance Project (MAPP) in San Francisco

September 25, 2008

Reading at Cornelia Street Cafe’, New York

September 17, 2008

Reading at City University of New York Graduate Center

August 29, 2008

Los Angeles readings of BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, Aug 2008) at the Levantine Cultural Center

August 6, 2008

Publication of BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, Aug 2008), edited and translated by Niloufar Talebi

August 5, 2008

BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, Aug 2008) book launch at Stacey’s Bookstore in San Francisco - co-sponsored by the Asia Society

August 2, 2008

Performed Iranian poetry at the Portland State University Iranian Festival, accompanied by Bobak Salehi, Nat Hulskamp, Chaz Hastings, Fabod Sedeh, Basheer and Parisa Badii

August 1, 2008

Radio interviews with BlogTalkRadio, KIRN 670AM, and KKUP

May 2008

Presented at the Orange County Poetry Festival, Contemporary Poetry in Translation:
Paul Vangelisti, Hélène Cardona, and Niloufar Talebi read their translations of contemporary poetry and discuss processes of translation

November 13-17, 2007

Executive produced and presented at the "Iranian Literary Arts Festival", a 5-day event in San Francisco featuring readings, panels, film screenings, ICARUS/RISE theater, bookstore by Stacey’s, public gatherings and keynote talk by distinguished and exiled Iranian novelist, Moniru Ravanipur

November 15-17, 2007

Created and performed ICARUS/RISE, a multimedia theatrical piece inspired by the Iranian spoken-word tradition of ‘Naghali’ and based on the poetry in BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, August 2008), connecting the myth of Icarus with the migration of Iranians, and the solitary journey of the artist/migrant in the quest for freedom. Created in collaboration with composer Bobak Salehi, and choreographer and video artist Alex Ketley. Premiered at Theater Artaud in SF

July 2007

Publication of “Against Longing” in ArteEast Journal

Spring 2007

Publication in Poetry International, Agni Online, Harvard Divinity Bulletin and ArteEast Quarterly

November 14-15, 2006

Presented a two-day conference at SUNY Plattsburgh on legendary Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad, including film screenings, and theatrically performed contemporary Iranian poetry with musicians.

Fall 2006

Dramatic poetry presentation with composer and musician Bobak Salehi at the Seattle American Literary Translators Association conference

Fall 2006

Dramatic poetry presentation at LitQuake SF

Spring 2006

Created ‘Midnight Approaches’, DVD of short films based on contemporary Iranian poetry with screenings at Dolby Laboratories, Visible Verse Film Festival, Shelton Theater, Brattleboro Literary Festival, LA Film Society, OC Harvest Festival, Middle East Studies Association Conference, IAAB conference at U of Maryland, University of Iowa Translation Carnival, Iranian-American chamber of Commerce event, and on KRON 4 Weekend News.

Reading at the King County Library in Seattle (Fall 2006)

Dramatic Poetry presentation with musician Sahba Motallebi at the Orange County Harvest Festival (Fall 2006)

Guest-edited Rattapallax magazine #13 featuring contemporary Iranian poetry (2005-2006)

Reading at the Simin Behbahani tribute at US Berkeley (May 2006)

Guest teaching former SF poet laureate, devorah major’s, “World Poetry and Resistance” class at the San Francisco California College for the Arts (Fall 2006)

AWP Conference panel, “Iranians Translating Iranians” (Spring 2006)

Presented for the PEN American Center’s World Voices Festival of International Literature at St. Marks Poetry Project,

Asia Society, and the New School (Spring 2005)

Spirit of the Letter, Translator’s Challenge panel discussion with recipients of the International Center for Writing & Translation’s (ICWT) Prize (2005)

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the New York Public Library present ‘Periodically Speaking’, a reading of

Translations from the Axis of Evil, representing Rattapallax Magazine (2005)

Poets for Peace and the SF Public Library present a gathering of international poetry (2004)

Organized and moderated panel at InLit, Reading International Literature at Locus Arts Center (2004)

Presented at Deporting the American Dream at Studio Z (2004)

“Against longing/Translation” closing talk at the Intersection for the Arts (2004)

Festival Neruda presentation of Iranian poetry in translation (2004)

ARTSFEST 2004 presentation of Iranian poetry in translation (2004)

Co-created and performed in Four Springs, collaborative performance based on contemporary Iranian poetry. Premiered at ODC theater in SF and performed again at the Mexican Heritage Theater (2004)

Classical Persian poetry recitation for Ballet Afsaneh's dance and poetry performances of "Historic Persia and the Silk Road" (2001-2003)

Presented translations of Forough Farrokhzad at the Tuva Space (2002)

Performed in and assistant-choreographed Bridget Carpenter's "Fall" at the Baltimore Center Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theaters (2001)

Acted in Changing Room, directed by Holly Million (2000)

Acted in Post-Concussion, directed by Danny Yoon (1999)

Produced and acted in La Ronde at the Shelton Theater in SF (1998)

Created This Is Not An Art Event, a site-specific performance/happening at New Langton Arts (1996)