Sepideh Jodeyri

Sepideh Jodeyri is an exiled Iranian poet, translator and founder of Khorshid, the Iranian Women's Poetry Prize - one of the only three non-governmental and independent poetry prizes in Iran. She has published several books of poetry and translation so far, some banned from publication in Iran. Her poetry has been translated into English, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Czech and Kurdish. She was a PEN guest writer in Italy for two years and now lives in Washington, DC.
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Poets Speak Out Against US Sanctions On Iran

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to exiled Iranian poet and journalist Sepideh Jodeyri. Iran’s relations with the United States seem to have come to a nadir under the current administration. One of the first decisions President Donald Trump took after entering the White House was to introduce a widely-contested “Muslim ban,” preventing the entry of the citizens of... Continue Reading

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In Exile in Trump’s America

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sepideh Jodeyri, a poet who fled Iran for opposing the Islamic Republic. US President Donald Trump came to power on a wave of anti-immigration, anti-Muslim populist rhetoric. Having aggressively targeted illegal immigrants coming into the country, with promises to build a physical wall to keep them out, the Trump team’s focus on the... Continue Reading

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Iran's Radical Poetry in the Making

A radical poetry movement in Iran breaks rules and challenges censorship. For several years before my immigration to the Czech Republic, I had experienced something like living in Prague. The experience was extremely similar to Milan Kundera’s and Klima’s description of the city because our life in Tehran under an ideological and religious regime was extremely similar to the life in Prague... Continue Reading

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Iranians Cheated by Rouhani’s Failed Promises

Over two years have passed since President Rouhani entered office, yet leaders of the Green Movement are still under house arrest. When Mohammad Khatami, the reformist former president of Iran, asked the Iranian people to vote for Hassan Rouhani, many of us who have supported the reforms and Iran’s pro-democracy movement—known as the Green Movement—responded positively to his call,... Continue Reading

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Poetic Struggles: On Writing and Censorship in Iran (Part 2/2)

Writers, poets and intellectuals have always felt the pressure of censorship in Iran. Sepideh Jodeyri, an exiled Iranian poet, talks to Fair Observer about the history of literary censorship in Iran, as well as her personal experience with censors. She remembers the names of writers and poets who have lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom of expression, and... Continue Reading

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Poetic Struggles: On Writing and Censorship in Iran (Part 1/2)

Writers, poets and intellectuals have always felt the pressure of censorship in Iran. Sepideh Jodeyri, an exiled Iranian poet, talks to Fair Observer about the history of literary censorship in Iran, as well as her personal experience with censors. She remembers the names of writers and poets who have lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom of expression, and addresses the difficulties of... Continue Reading

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