Poetry Reading by Exiled Iranian Writer – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Poetry Reading by Exiled Iranian Writer

Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcome the renowned poet Reza Baraheni to read from his work.

(October 7, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—Iranian Reza Baraheni was imprisoned and tortured under the Shah of Iran because of his writings. He went into exile and subsequently published an acclaimed book of poems, “God’s Shadow: Prison Poems.”

Baraheni is the author of more than 50 books of poetry, innovative fiction, literary theory, and social criticism, which have been translated into numerous languages. He will share his poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Prior to the talk he will answer questions, between 5 and 6 p.m. in Coxe Hall, room 8.

Baraheni returned to Iran after the Islamic Revolution but was once again imprisoned and subsequently prevented from teaching or leaving the country. Several years ago, he was finally allowed to leave Iran and received political asylum in Canada, and he is currently living in Toronto. He has a Ph.D. in comparative literature and has translated into Farsi works by Shakespeare, Kundera, Mandelstam, Andric, and Fanon.

Both the discussion and reading are free and open to the public. A dessert reception will immediately follow the reading. For more information, please contact Professor of English Deborah Tall at tall@hws.edu.

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