Veils and Words: Iranian Women Poets of the 20th Century

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 7 p.m.

Photo of Farzaneh MilaniIn conjunction with the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World project, professor of Persian literature, Dr. Farzaneh Milani, explores the work of three great Iranian women poets of the 20th Century -- classical poet Parvin E'tesami, iconoclastic modernist Forugh Farrokhzad and the "Lioness of Iran" Simin Behbahani. Dr. Milani demonstrates how Iranian women have emerged as a moderating, modernizing force at the forefront of the renegotiation of boundaries in their homeland.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the DC Public Library, along with the public libraries in Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Queens. It is funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.