“The world doesn’t understand me and I don’t understand the world, that’s why I’ve withdrawn from it.”
— Paul Cézanne
The personal & cultural web journal of Sheida Mohamadi
Sheida Mohamadi, journalist, poet and writer of fiction born in Tehran, Iran, received her B.A. in Persian Language and Literature from Tehran University. She published her first book, a work of poetic prose titled Mahtab Delash ra Goshud, Banu! (The Moonlight Opened its Heart, Lady!) in 2001, and he second book, a novel titled Afsaneh-ye Baba Leila (The Legend of Baba Leila) in 2005. Her third book, Aks-e Fowri-ye Eshqbazi (The Snapshot of Making Love) is a collection of poems published underground in Tehran in 2007.
Sheida has also edited and written for the women’s page (Safheh-ye Zanan) at Iran newspaper in 2002-2003 and at Farhangestan-e Honar Monthly Review in 2003, both in Tehran, Iran. Her Poems have been translated into different languages, including English, French, Turkish, Kurdish and Swedish. She has lived in US since 2004 and continues to maintain her weblog, www.sheidamohamadi.com, which she launched in 2001.
Note: Sheida Mohamadi has been a member of Pen center USA since 2010. she has been an active member of the Iranian American community, media and blogsphere since 2004. The following list includes selected activities she has had in that community. Links have been given where available.
March 2013 lecture about “The meaning of time in my poetry” and poems reading in Berkeley University of California.
March 2012 International Writers Project Art as Sin: The Middle East and Freedom of Expression, Lecture and Poetry Reading on Relation Between Politics and Literature, University of Brown.
April 2012 Poems Readings From "The Forbidden", in the 17th annual of Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21 & 22, 2012. University of Southern California.
May 2010 Poetry Reading,
Society for Iranian Studies, ISIS. Santa Monica, California.
Some Works Translated into Other Languages:
2013 Cityscapes Volume 2, Collection poetry of 40 contemporary writers, edited by Jacob Steinberg, New York.
2012 The Forbidden Poems from Iran and its exiles, Edited by Sholeh Wolpe, Michigan State University Press.
2011 Qarrtsiluni online literary magazine, modern Iranian poets. http://qarrtsiluni.com/tag/
2010 Atlanta Review (collection of poetry from Iran- Spring/Summer) P.84. U.S.A.
2010 Stylus A Journal of Literature and Art. P.39-42. U.S.A.
2008 The Poetry of Iranian Women: A Contemporary Anthology, Reel Content Publishing, U.S.A.