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Sholeh Wolpé

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Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet, literary translator, and writer. Her publications include four collections of poetry, a play, three books of translations, and three anthologies. A semifinalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and one of this year’s ten Centenary Stage Women Playwrights Series finalists, Wolpé is the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim, the 2013 Midwest Book Award, and the 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize, among others. Wolpé’s writings have been translated into eleven languages, and a collection of her poems in Spanish, Cómo Escribir una Canción de Amor, is forthcoming in Mexico and Spain. About her latest collection of poems, Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, Shelf Awareness Magazine writes, “A gifted Iranian-American poet beautifully explores love and the loss of love, beauty, and war and the ghosts of the past.” Wolpé’s modern translation of The Conference of the Birds by the twelfth-century Iranian mystic poet Attar is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2017. She is based in Los Angeles. Author photo: Bonnie Perkinson.

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