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Fall term office hours:
MWF 1:20-2:20 p.m.
F 10:10-11:10 a.m.
Ph.D., M.A., English Literature, Princeton University
J. D., University of California, Hastings College
B.A., magna cum laude, English Literature and German, University of California, Los Angeles
Twentieth century and contemporary American literature, ethnic American autobiography and fiction, postcolonial literatures in English, creative writing.
- Writing 100: First Year Writing Seminar/Becoming American
- Writing 100: First Year Writing Seminar/American Autobiography
- English 203: Introduction to Creative Writing
- English 206: Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction
- English 262: Literature, Race and Ethnicity
- English 293: Topics in American Literature: History, Trauma, and Human Rights
- English 299: Contemporary American Creative Nonfiction
- English 308: Advanced Creative Writing-Fiction
- English 309: Advanced Creative Writing-Memoir
- English 369: Contemporary American Fiction
- English 380: Twentieth Century American Immigrant Literatures
- English 413: Literature and Human Rights
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life (Grand Central Publishing, January 2011). A New York Times bestseller, translated into eight languages and published in thirteen countries.
- "Unveiled," Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian Americans, co-edited by Persis Karim and Anita Amirrezvani (University of Arkansas Press, 2013).
- "Persian, English," The Blair Reader (8th edition). Edited by Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell (Longman Pearson, 2013).
- "California Dreams, Iranian Décor," California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State. Edited by Charles McLeod (forthcoming from Outpost19 Press, Spring 2013).
- "Transcontinental Candy," Love and Pomegranates: New Stories from Iran. Edited by Meghan Sayres (forthcoming from Nortia Press, Spring 2013).
- “California Dreams, Iranian Decor,” New York Times (Aug. 2012).
- “Home Is Where They Let You Live,” New York Times (May 2012).
- “An Iranian Halloween,” forthcoming in Love and Pomegranates, edited by Meghan Sayres.
- "My Mother, Her Secrets," New York Times (May 2010).
- "Avenue Monireyeh," Cimarron Review (Winter 2009).
- "Driving American," San Francisco Chronicle Magazine (Dec. 2007).
- "Masquerade," Washington Post Magazine (Oct. 2007).
- "Persian, English," ArteNews (July 2007).
- "Safety Zone," San Francisco Chronicle Magazine (Nov. 2006).
- "The Shah's New Clothes," Los Angeles Times Magazine (Sept. 2006).
- "Homecoming," ZYZZYVA (Fall 2006).
- "Transcontinental Candy," San Francisco Chronicle Magazine (Oct. 2005).
- “Unveiled,” Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian Americans, co-edited by Persis Karim and Anita Amirrezvani (2013).
- "Ziba," The Los Angeles Review 4 (Winter 2007).
- "Ablutions," Alimentum (Winter 2007/2008).
- "Zari," Twelve Ways (July 2006).
Scholarly Articles and Reviews
- "Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (Fall 2011).
- "Forough Goes West: The Legacy of Forough Farrokhzad in Iranian Diasporic Art and Literature," The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (Winter 2010),
- "The Perils and Seductions of Home: Iranian American Return Narratives," Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS), special issue on Iranian American Literature (Summer 2008).
- "Dreaming in Persian: An Interview with Gina Nahai," MELUS (Summer 2008).
- "The Art, Life and Legacy of Forough Farrokhzad, Iran's Poet of Exile," Women's Review of Books (Nov./Dec. 2006).
- "Veiled Readings—Contemporary Autobiographies from the Middle East." Review of Soft Weapons by Gillian Whitlock and Let Me Tell You Where I Have Been by Persis Karim. Women's Review of Books (Jan./Feb. 2006).
- "Leaving Home—and Finding It," Women's Review of Books (Jan/.Feb. 2006).
Sin: A Novel
Middle East/West: Literature by Middle Eastern American Women Since 1979
- Outstanding Faculty Award (Rising Star), State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (2013)
- Saroyan International Prize for Writing, Nonfiction Shortlist Selection (2012)
- People's Choice Award, Library of Virginia, Finalist in Nonfiction (2012)
- Corporation of Yaddo Residency(2012)
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship (2011-2012)
- William Sloan Fellowship in Nonfiction, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (Summer 2011)
- Mednick Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (Summer 2011)
- Norman Mailer Writers' Colony Scholarship (Summer 2010)
- Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing (2008-2009)
- Iowa Review Award for Creative Non-Fiction (2007 finalist)
- Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Prize (2006)
- Tanenbaum Award for Creative Non-Fiction (2006)
- Marin Arts Council New Work Fellowship (2005-2007)