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Persis Karim, Iranian-American Writer

Persis Karim, Iranian-American Writer

I am a poet, writer, editor, and professor.  I pride myself on employing an artisanal and personal touch in all things. Like an artisanal baker, I like to make things from scratch. I love beginning with raw ingredients; I love making something whole and beautiful, kneading and waiting, and delivering something unique that shows a focused attention and love of process. In an age when so much is ready-made and done electronically without the physical touch of human hands, without attention to process, I enjoy getting my hands dirty, listening, working, crafting, revising to make beautiful poetry and prose. Whether I am writing an article, editing a book, or teaching a class, I am mindful that a devotion to process is what makes words and ideas walk in the world. I believe that making things; making beauty, making books, making a good piece of writing, takes time and attention. This is what I do: I make things.