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Maryam Ala Amjadi

Maryam ALA AMJADI (poet, translator, essayist; Iran) has spent the impressionable years of her childhood in India and writes poetry in English. She received the 'Young Generation Poet' Award in the 1st International Poetry Festival in Yinchuan, China (Sept 2011) and was awarded Honorary Fellowship in Creative Writing by the International Writers Program (IWP) at University of Iowa, U.S.A. (Fall 2008). Ala Amjadi is the author of a bilingual English-Farsi collection of poetry, Me, I, and Myself (2003) and her second book of poems, Gypsy Bullets, was published by Prafullata Publications (India) in 2010. Her translations of the American poet Raymond Carver was published in a collection entitled, Fear of Arriving Early (Aknoon Publications, Tehran 2009). She was also the winner of the Silver Medal in the 14th National Persian Literature Olympiad (2001) and the winner of Second Prize (on Gender issues in Translation) in the A.K. Ramanujan National Paper Reading Competition, University of Baroda, India (January 2009). She has worked as a Farsi-to-English news interpreter at the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) and was previously a writer for the Tehran Times Daily, where she founded and wrote a weekly page in English dedicated to Iranian culture and society. Presently, she is an editor at Hysteria, a periodical of critical feminisms and a PhD fellow in Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) at the University of Kent and Universidade do Porto.  Ala Amjadi’s poems have been translated into Arabic, Albanian, Chinese, Hindi, Italian and Romanian.