Katayoon Zandvakili

July 2010, The Levantine Center Review
/ONE/The Journal of Literature, Art and Ideas
Poems about young love
An excerpt from My Beautiful Impostor: A Story of Persia, Exile, and Faith, a work of fiction about a young woman of Persian heritage, who marries a man from the same, who turns out to be an impostor


My literary background includes the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Prize for my volume of poetry, Deer Table Legs, and a Pushcart Prize awarded the book's title poem in 2000.

My work has been anthologized—American Poetry: The Next Generation, A World Between: Poems, Short Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans (George Braziller), Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora (The University of Arkansas Press), Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W.W. Norton & Company), The Poetry of Iranian Women, and In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself, Volume 8—and published in journals such as Lumina, caesura, Five Fingers Review, Rattapallax, Arte East, Private Photo Review, Bat City Review (both online and in print), and narrativemagazine.com.

I am delighted to have served as a panelist at Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Associated Writing Program, and honored to have read at the original Cody’s Books in Berkeley, amongst other venues in the Bay Area, as well as at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

Having recently completed My Beautiful Impostor: A Story of Persia, Exile, and Faith, a work of literary fiction, I am often dreaming on several liberating scripts at once and, as ever, painting.

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