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 memoir 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 (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series), 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)—and published in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Hawai'i Review, Lumina, caesura, Five Fingers Review, Rattapallax, Arte East, Private Photo Review, Bat City Review (both online and in print), Tiferet Journal, 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 completed my memoir My Beautiful Impostor: A Story of Persia, Exile, and Faith, I am often dreaming on films and painting.

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Yours in joy,

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