San Francisco: 12/12 Press Release

Nov 26, 20090 comments

AIAW November  26, 2009


Contact: Persis Karim, co-director Association of Iranian American Writers Email: 510-847-2817

“We Are All Iran : A Literary Reading to Mark the Six-Month Anniversary of the Iranian Elections”

A Global Day of Arts and Culture for International Human Rights Day and Solidarity with the People of Iran

Saturday, December 12, 2009, 2-4 pm San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. (at Grove)   Bay Area writers from the Association of Iranian American Writers (AIAW) will share their literary work at a reading at the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 2-4:00 pm.  The event will bear witness to the extraordinary courage of the Iranian people on the six-month anniversary of the contested elections, which took place on June 12, 2009. Bay Area novelists, poets, and essayists will read from published and recent work in recognition of those in Iran who are struggling for democracy and human rights. Among the writers who will share their work are authors of recently published books:  Laleh Khadivi (The Age of Orphans, 2009), Elizabeth Eslami (Bone Worship, 2010), and Angella Nazarian (Life as a Visitor, 2009). Other writers and poets include: Tissa Hami, Katayoon Zandvakili, Esther Kamkar, Farnoosh Seifoddini, Anahid Hojjati, and Ari Siletz. Association of Iranian American Writers (AIAW) co-director and editor of the anthology Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora and Anita Amirrezvani, author of  the novel, The Blood of Flowers, will co-host the event. Books will be available for sale and authors will be available to sign copies. This literary reading honors International Human Rights Day and is part of United4Iran’s “Global Celebration of Human Rights through Arts & Culture,” which is sponsoring hundreds of art and cultural events around the world to highlight the issues of human rights in Iran. The reading is sponsored by AIAW and United for Iran, with the support of the San Francisco Public Library.  AIAW is a national organization dedicated to promoting the work of fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, journalists, photojournalists, and artists who work with words.  More information on AIAW is available at For more information go to: Information on Global Day of Arts and Culture for Iran: