Farnaz Fatemi is an Iranian-American poet, editor and writing teacher. Her current work investigates her own experience of Iran (specifically, Iranian women) as it encounters a received iconography from popular and political culture. Farnaz’s poetry and prose appears or is forthcoming in Grist, Catamaran Literary Reader, Crab Orchard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, the anthologies Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora and In Plein Air, and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies from PLAYA, Marble House Project, I-Park Foundation, and Djerassi, and honored by the International Literary Awards (Center for Women Writers), Poets on the Verge (Litquake SF), Best of the Net Nonfiction, and Pushcart. She is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1997 to 2018. Farnaz loves word games, and in the late summer you can find her cheering for the Oakland A’s and raising heirloom tomatoes.
Farnaz enjoys collaborating with artists across disciplines. In the past, she worked with composer Lucia Patino to write the book and libretto for Patino's opera, Dreamwalker, which premiered in Bloomington, Indiana in 1998 and was subsequently performed in Quito, Ecuador.
A current collaboration engages with the multi-faceted work of printmaker Barbara Foster of Western Wedge Press in Oakland, CA.
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