read her classic story “The Blue Spring of Katmandu,”
written in Tehran in 1969, about a woman in a room with a corpse.
author of The Blood of Flowers, read about exile and memory
in California. Mahbod
Seraji delineated the ultimate Iranian family, from his novel
Rooftops of Tehran. Persis
Karim read poems about persimmons, ways to count the dead, and
the nuclear bomb. Tissa Hami
read open letters to people who had pissed her off that week.
Dorinda Vassigh was our ebullient guest MC.