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AWP Conference Reading: Holy Cow Press presents Afghan Women's Poetry as translated by Farzana Marie

Load Poems Like Guns

Publisher Comments:

A groundbreaking collection of poetry by eight contemporary Afghan women poets in English translation en face with the original Persian Dari text. These poets live in Herat, the ancient epicenter of literature and the arts.


“This book provides skillful literary translations of Persian Dari poems for English-language readers. They read like poems written effortlessly in English, with none of the stiltedness and archaisms of translations by less able translators. The poems are furnished with valuable biographical notes about their authors, brief critical commentaries, and insightful notes on the translation process and the difficult choices that it involves....[I]t is a valuable socio-historical documentation of an important Afghan cultural form and the changes it is undergoing — a story rarely told about Afghanistan in these troubled times." Dr. Zuzanna Olszewska, University of Oxford, author of The Pearl of Dari: Poetry and Personhood among Young Afghans in Iran, forthcoming from Indiana University Press


"This unique contribution fills a gap in our understanding of the Afghan people, their history and society. It is a must read." Nancy Hatch Dupree, Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University


A ground breaking selection of newly translated poetry by eight contemporary women poets from Herat, Afghanistan, with original Persian Dari.

About the Author:

Farzana Marie is PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Literatures at the University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Her research focuses on Persian literature, especially Afghan women's poetry. She also writes and translates poetry. She holds a B.S. in the Humanities from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She served as an active duty officer for over six years, including two consecutive years of deployed service in Afghanistan (2010-2012), where she previously served as a volunteer teacher in Afghanistan orphanages (2003-2004). Farzana is the President of Civil Vision International, a non-profit charitable organization focused on positively influencing international relationships through connecting, informing, educating and inspiring citizens.

Farzana Marie

Farzana Marie

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