An Interview with Persis Karim, Poet/Professor at San Jose State University by San José based writer, Chad Hall, 4/29/15, conducted for CONTENT Magazine. read the full interview
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December 2nd, 2013 by Asia Society
More than three decades after the Iranian Revolution and the ensuing diaspora, Iranian American writing is ready to take its place at the literary table. This is the case Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim make in their new anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers (University of Arkansas Press), which collects the work of 27 authors and offers a bracing counter-narrative to mainstream representations of Iran and Iranian Americans. This Wednesday, December 4, Amirrezvani and Karim will be joined by fellow writers Salar Abdoh and Dalia Sofer and moderator Nahid Mozaffari for a panel discussion on the new anthology at Asia Society New York. Amirrezvani will also discuss, read from and sign her latest historical novel Equal of the Sun (Scribner), a tale of political intrigue in the 16th-century Persian court. >>>READ MORE
Persis Karim, a pioneer in the field of Iranian American writing, co-edited with Anita Amirrezvani Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers, (2013). The first anthology dedicated to the Iranian American fiction, this landmark book celebrates the advances of Iranian American literature, especially in the past decade.
As the notion and possibility of “national literatures” is examined both in the academy and in print culture at large, Karim and Amirrezvani bring together writers, texts, and perspectives that amplify the idea that American literature is world literature.
“Persis Karim, editor of the anthology “Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora” (University of Arkansas Press, 2006), suggests that literature can contribute something important, even essential, that has been absent from the conversation about Iran.”