Interview: New Iranian American Anthology Sets Off Literary ‘Tremors’

December 2nd, 2013 by Asia Society
131202_tremors_interview_blogMore 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

Interview: ‘Tremors of Iranian American Writing’, Michigan Quarterly Review, October 24, 2013

Michigan Quarterly Review
Tremors of Iranian American Writing
October 24, 2013 by Kaveh Bassiri

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.

Michigan Quarterly

Interview: ‘New Windows into the Iranian American Experience: An Interview with Anita Amirrezvani & Persis Karim’, World Literature Today, May 15, 2013

World Literature Today
New Windows into the Iranian American Experience: An Interview with Anita Amirrezvani & Persis Karim
May 15, 2013 Sara Wilson


World Literature Today

World Literature Today


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.

Review: ‘Tremors’, Publishers’ Weekly, February 18, 2013

Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers
Edited by Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim
Publish date: March 2013

Amirrezvani and Karim present a diverse view of the Iranian-American experience through the stories of 27 authors from a variety of backgrounds in this new anthology. Stories set in Iran reflect the nation’s struggles with revolution, protests, and human rights issues, while tales of Iranian immigrants in America depict the challenges of assimilation and generational clashes between traditional and modern values.

Publishers' Weekly Review of 'Tremors'

Review of Tremors, Publishers’ Weekly, February 18, 2013