Iranian born writer Farnoosh Moshiri has published plays, short stories, and translations in Iranian literary magazines before the 1979 revolution and in anthologies published outside Iran in the 1980s. In 1983, she fled her country after a massive arrest of secular intellectuals, feminists, and political activists. She lived in refugee camps of Afghanistan and India for four years before emigrating to the U.S. in 1987. Her novels and collections include At the Wall of Almighty (Interlink 1999), The Bathhouse (Black Heron Press 2001, Beacon Press, 2002), The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree (Black Heron Press 2004), and Against Gravity (Penguin, 2006). Among other awards and fellowships, she is the recipient of Florida’ Review’s creative non-fiction award, Barthelme Memorial Award, Barbara Deming Award: A grant to feminist writers whose work speaks of peace and social justice; two consecutive Black Heron Awards for Social Fiction, and Valiente (courage) Award from Voices Breaking Boundaries for artists who have taken risks to speak out and act as advocates. Her third novel, Against Gravity, was chosen by Barnes and Noble for Discover New Writers Series and by Borders Books in January Original Voices selection. She has taught literature, playwriting, and creative writing in Universities of Tehran, Kabul, Houston, and Syracuse. In 2012, with collaboration of the composer, Gregory Spears, she created a chamber opera by the name of “The Bricklayer” commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera. The world Premier was on March 16, 2012. Currently, she is the Distinguished Resident Writer at the University of Houston-Downtown. Her new novel, Drum Tower, will be published in 2013.
The Drum Tower (novel), to be published in two editions in October 2014. The UK edition to be published by Sandstone Press and the US edition to be published by Black Heron Press and distributed through Midpoint Trade Books.
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