Sholeh Wolpé
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I do not belong anywhere. I have an accent in every language I speak.


— Sholeh Wolpé (from poem, The Outsider)

 
 
 
 

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• Tickets to Sholeh's new play, The Conference of the Birds, her adaptation of Attar's epic, is now available for purchase from Ubuntu Theater.  Nov. 30-Dec 16, Oakland, California. Get your tickets now

• Read Sholeh’s work in Spanish Español , Persian فارسی , Arabic عربى , Hebrew עברי , Macedonian македонски , Galician Galego , Mandarin 普通话 , Japanese 日本人

Wolpé’s concise, unflinching, and often wry free verse
explores violence, culture, and gender.”
—Poetry Foundation

A gifted Iranian-American poet beautifully explores love and
the loss of love, beauty and war and the ghosts of the past.
—Shelf Awareness Magazine

Through her translations of Iranian writers, and through four collections of her own poetry, Wolpé seeks to bridge the fierce political divide between her native Iran and her adopted Western homes—to pierce their mutual ignorance, and reveal one to the other.
—Guernica, a magazine of global arts & politics

SHOLEH WOLPÉ BIOGRAPHY

Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet, writer and literary translator. Her performances, solo or in collaboration with musicians and artists, has been hailed by audiences as mesmerizing.   
The Inaugural Author in Residence at UCLA in 2018, her other awards include a 2014 PEN Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize as well as artist residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Australia and Switzerland.
Wolpé ’s literary work includes four collections of poetry, two plays, three books of translations, and three anthologies. Her most recent publications include The Conference of the Birds (W.W. Norton & Co), Cómo escribir una canción de amor (Olifante Ediciones de Poesia, Spain), and Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths (University of Arkansas Press.) Her new comedy, an adaptation of The Conference of the Birds, opens at The Ubuntu Theater in Oakland California in Nov. 2018. (Nov. 30- Dec 16)

Wolpé has performed her literary work with world-renowned musicians at Quincy Jones Presents series on Broad Stage, Skirball Cultural Center Series, Los Angeles Aloud, LA County Museum of Art Ahmanson stage, Singapore Literature Festival theater, Brisbane Jazz Night with Ingrid James, UNSW School of Arts and Media theater and other venues. She travels internationally as a performing poet, writer and public speaker, and has taught poetry and literary translation at UCLA and University of Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program in the United States.  Click here for: (Full bio and list of publications)

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(Read Sholeh’s work in Spanish Español , Persian فارسی , Arabic عربى , Hebrew עברי , Macedonian македонски , Galician Galego , Mandarin 普通话 , Japanese 日本人 . )



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