Poetry. "THIS VERSION OF EARTH begins with the voice of the hippest, wisest teenager you can imagine, stuck in New Jersey but heading for Manhattan every chance she gets. Gradually, her world enlarges and we learn about the experiences that shape her: her Iranian-American family and other people's blinkered, bigoted reactions to it; her parents' separation; encounters with careless, threatening men. These 'big themes' rest quietly within Soraya Shalforoosh's uniquely charming poems, where office friendships, births, marriages, and deaths take place in the still-thrilling city and in this poet's always clear, always loving, constantly surprised and surprising imagination. Bracing as any New York novel, these poems sing the right-here, right-now."—Kathleen Ossip
Soraya Shalforoosh has been featured in the Emerging Poets Series of American Poets, the journal of the Academy of American Poets; and her poems and reviews have appeared in Tribes.org, Taos Journal, Barrow Street, Skanky Possum, Bomb, Marlboro Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, etc. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and has also performed her poetry with jazz, blues, and world-music bands in clubs, universities, and Central Park. She is the author of THIS VERSION OF EARTH (Barrow Street Press, 2014).
Author City: MAPLEWOOD, NJ USA