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New York City (CMN) --"Voices of Iranian Women" at KGB Bar will feature readings by two prominent Iranian exile writers on Friday November 28th. The evening spotlights novelist and memorialist Nahid Rachlin and playwright Ezzat Goushegir.

Nahid Rachlin (CMN) Maria Andersoni

Nahid Rachlin, has lived in the US since the 60s. Nahid will read from her memoir, Persian Girls about the anguished struggle she went through breaking out of oppressive cultural roles, forcing her ultimately to leave her country for the US. The memoir was called "suspenseful, vivid, and heartbreaking" by the Boston Globe. Her work has been published in Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Farsi, Arabic.

Rachin has taught at Yale University and Barnard College.She has held Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Stanford). The grants and awards she has received include the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She has published approximately 50 short stories and written reviews for New Times and Newsday.

Ezzat Goushegir

Ezzat Goushegir was born in Iran and arrived in the United States as a political exile in 1986. She will present her one-act play "My Name Is Inanna," which dramatizes the irony of one who has left post-revolutionary Iran seeking political asylum in the US, only to find herself arrested during an anti-war demonstration.

Since 2004 Ezzat has been writing an ongoing memoir and a series of articles for SHAHRVAND, the Farsi-speaking magazine (print and on-line) based in Toronto. Theater companies produced her plays including Maryam’s Pregnancy (won a Richard Maibaum award) and Behind the Curtains (Norman Felton award). Her work has appeared in publications in Iran, France, Germany, and Canada. Currently she teaches literature, creative writing, and cultural studies at DePaul University in Chicago.

Available Books by
Nahid Rachlin


Foreigner
Nahid Rachlin  More Info

Jumping Over Fire
Nahid Rachlin  More Info

The Heart's Desire
Nahid Rachlin  More Info

Persian Girls: A Memoir
Nahid Rachlin  More Info

The readings will take place at the KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street, from 7 to 9 pm, Friday, November 28, 2008. Free and open to the public.

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