Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Edited by Christopher Nelson. Introduction by Kaveh Bassiri. ESSENTIAL VOICES series intends to bridge English-language readers to cultures misunderstood and under- or misrepresented. It has at its heart the ancient idea that poetry can reveal our shared humanity. The anthology features 130 poets and translators from ten countries, including Garous Abdolmalekian, Kaveh Akbar, Kazim Ali, Reza Baraheni, Kaveh Bassiri, Simin Behbahani, Athena Farrokhzad, Forugh Farrokhzad, Persis Karim, Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Sara Khalili, Esma'il Kho'i, Abbas Kiarostami, Mimi Khalvati, Fayre Makeig, Anis Mojgani, Yadollah Roya'i, SAID, Amir Safi, H.E. Sayeh, Roger Sedarat, Sohrab Sepehri, Ahmad Shamlu, Solmaz Sharif, Niloufar Talebi, Jean Valentine, Stephen Watts, Sholeh Wolpé, Nima Yushij, and many others.
Christopher Nelson @ World Literature Today2022 Midwest Book Award for Best Poetry Anthology
Christopher Nelson is the author of Blood Aria (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021) and four chapbooks, including Blue House, winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of the 2023-24 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, he is the founding editor of Under a Warm Green Linden and Green Linden Press, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to poetic excellence and reforestation. His anthology ESSENTIAL VOICES: POETRY OF IRAN AND ITS DIASPORA (Green Linden Press, 2021) received a Midwest Book Award and was named one of the best poetry books of 2020-21 by Entropy Magazine.