Nature and Nostalgia in the Poetry of Nader Naderpour

by Rouhollah Zarei and Roger Sedarat

About Rouhollah Zarei

Rouhollah Zarei is an assistant professor of English at Yasouj University, Iran. He holds a PhD from the University of Essex, UK, an MA from Allameh Tabatabai University, and a BA from Shiraz University. Dr. Zarei's previous publications include Edgar Allan Poe: An Archetypal Reading (2013), a translation into Persian of Ramon Llull's The Book of the Lover and Beloved (2014) and papers on English and Persian literature. Dr. Zarei is currently working on a series of books on modern Persian fiction.

About Roger Sedart

Roger Sedarat is associate professor at Queens College, City University of New York, where he teaches courses in American and Middle Eastern-American literature as well as literary translation and poetry workshops in the MFA Program. He holds a PhD in English from Tufts University. His previous publications include New England Landscape History in American Poetry as well as the poetry collections including Ghazal Games. A recipient of the 2015 Willis Barnstone Prize in literary translation, his English renderings of Persian literature have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Guernica, and Brooklyn Rail.

Nader Naderpour (1929–2000) was born in Tehran and received his early education in Europe. Nader Naderpour returned to Iran to publish his first collection of poetry in the 1940s. In the later 1960’s, he helped found “The Association of Writers of Iran” and directed the literature department of the Iranian National Radio and Television Department. He left Iran after the revolution in 1980, living in France until the late 1980’s, when he moved to the United States. Regarded as one of the leaders of the movement of “New Poetry” in Iran, he published nine collections of poems. Naderpour was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and was awarded the Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammett Grant in 1993.


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