Sholeh Wolpe, reknowned Iranian Poet and Editor to Speak at SNC

Sierra Nevada College continues tradition of bringing great writers and speakers to Tahoe

Sierra Nevada College hosts award-winning poet, literary translator and writer Sholeh Wolpe, April 8th from 5-7pm in the Prim Library in an informal program open to the public. She will have a few books on hand to sign. Born in Iran, Wolpe has lived in England, Trinidad and the United States. She is the author of Rooftops of Tehran, The Scar Saloon, and Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad for which she was awarded the Lois Roth Translation Prize in 2010.

Sholeh is a regional editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East edited by Reza Aslan (Norton), the editor of 2010 Iran issue of the Atlanta Review which became the journal's bestselling edition, and the editor of an upcoming anthology of poems from Iran, The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its exiles (University of Michigan State Press, 2011.) She is also a contributing editor of Los Angeles Review of Books and the poetry editor of the Levantine Review, an online journal about the Middle East.

Sholeh's poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of literary journals, periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and have been translated into several languages. She has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been featured on NPR, Voice of America and Dodge Poetry Festival. Sholeh holds Masters degrees in Radio-TV-Film (Northwestern University) and Public Health (Johns Hopkins University). She lives in Los Angeles.

You can read more about Sholeh Wolpe on The Poetry Foundation website or For more event information, please contact English Program Chair June Saraceno at or at 775.831.1314, x7514.