Tonight, tonight! (Believe in me as I believe in you tonight.) It’s kind of appropriate that I’m linking to the Smashing Pumpkins, since poet and translator Roger Sedarat has rock star hair. He’s also a bona fide rock star — in the sense that he owns a pretty rockin’ Strat. And, most importantly, he’s reading at Cafe Marlene in Sunnyside — tonight! See you all there!
Roger Sedarat is the author of two poetry collections: Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP’s 2007 Hollis Summers Prize, andGhazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). His translations of classical and modern Persian verse have appeared in World Literature Today, Drunken Boat, andAsymptote. His current projects include a collection of persona poems under the name of “Haji” and the translation of diaries by female prisoners in Iran. He teaches poetry and literary translation in the MFA Program at Queens College, City University of New York.