Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, writer, editor and literary translator whose work transcends the boundaries of language, gender, ethnicity and nationality. Born in Iran, she spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Wolpé has authored three collections of poetry, The Scar Saloon, Rooftops of Tehran, and Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths. She is the editor of two anthologies, Breaking the Jaws of Silence, which gathers American voices of protest, and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles. Her books of translations include, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad and a Persian translation of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself (co-translated with Mohsen Emadi), commissioned by the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in celebration of Whitman’s work.
Wolpé’s accolades include the 2014 Pen/Heim award, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize. Her poems have been widely anthologized and translated into several languages.
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