Literary Salon: Niloufar Talebi

Monday, February 2, 2009 || 7pm ||
Niloufar Talebi, award winning editor and translator of Belonging New Poetry By Iranians Around the World.

Book Passage – Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera

In this time of great international misunderstanding, many things are “lost in translation.” Join us for an exciting and truly enlightening evening that will add a little clarity and introduce new voices with important things to share.

Award-winning translator, Niloufar Talebi, was born in London to Iranian parents. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine, and an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She studied theater with Jean Shelton and Cyril Clayton and has produced and performed nationally. She created The Translation Project (TTP), a literary organization and production company in 2003 to bring contemporary Iranian literature to larger audiences. Her translations have been anthologized and published in Two Lines, Poetry International, CIRCUMFERENCE, Agni on-line and Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and she is the guest editor of the Spring 2006 issue of Rattapallax. She has presented at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in NYC, The Asia Society, The New School, UC Irvine, University of Iowa, The National Arts Club, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Asia Society, the New York Public Library, LitQuake, Theater Artaud, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Actor’s Theater and Intersection for the Arts.

She created “Midnight Approaches”, a DVD of short films, as well as “ICARUS/RISE”, a multimedia theatrical piece, both based on new Iranian poetry. She is the recipient of translation prizes from the International Center for Writing and Translation (2004), the American Literary Translators Association (2005), the PEN/New York State Council on the Arts (2006) and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize (2006). She is a member of ALTA, MESA and PEN American Center. She is the editor and translator of BELONGING: New Poetry By Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, July 2008).