Literary Odyssey – April 21, 2024

Ready for a literary odyssey? Be transported by the work of four diverse and talented voices at the April 21st Sunday Salon. Join us for a journey you won’t want to miss.

Tobias Carroll

Tobias Carroll writes things. Some of them are books. Some of them are not. He is the author of the collection Transitory, the novels In the SightReel and Ex-Members, and Political Sign, a work of nonfiction. He writes a monthly column about books in translation for Words Without Borders.

Maryam Habibian

Maryam Habibian has Ph.D. in Educational Theater from NYU and she is a director, playwriting, researcher and translator. She has been a dean at Department of Education and has taught theater and literature at renowned New York City Public High Schools and as an English Adjunct Professor at BMCC where she has taught English and Middle Eastern literature. Her articles on Iranian women filmmakers and playwrights have been published in different periodicals. She has had an NEH-grant to study the iconic Iranian woman poet Forugh Farrokhzad and her relationship to the city of Tehran. The resulting documentary short, “Forugh Farrokhzad: Young Revolutionary Poetess of Tehran”, has been screened at the Library of Congress and many other venues. Her multimedia play “Forugh’s Reflecting Pool” on the life of Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967), was subsequently published in the anthology Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press: Massachusetts, 2005) and was performed and produced at different venues in New York City and elsewhere. The same play was also translated into Persian by Maryam and was performed by her on Zoom in Café Socrates 2021.

Maryam Habibian

Maryam Habibian has Ph.D. in Educational Theater from NYU and she is a director, playwriting, researcher and translator. She has been a dean at Department of Education and has taught theater and literature at renowned New York City Public High Schools and as an English Adjunct Professor at BMCC where she has taught English and Middle Eastern literature. Her articles on Iranian women filmmakers and playwrights have been published in different periodicals. She has had an NEH-grant to study the iconic Iranian woman poet Forugh Farrokhzad and her relationship to the city of Tehran. The resulting documentary short, “Forugh Farrokhzad: Young Revolutionary Poetess of Tehran”, has been screened at the Library of Congress and many other venues. Her multimedia play “Forugh’s Reflecting Pool” on the life of Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967), was subsequently published in the anthology Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press: Massachusetts, 2005) and was performed and produced at different venues in New York City and elsewhere. The same play was also translated into Persian by Maryam and was performed by her on Zoom in Café Socrates 2021.

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a Honduran Ecuadorian writer based in New York City. She has been featured on ABC News and HBOMax Pa’lante! and her work has appeared in the Latino Book Review, The New York TimesVoguePaper Magazine, and elsewhere. Jessica is a board member of Time of Butterflies, a non-profit supporting families through domestic abuse recovery, and an organizer with the Central American Writer’s group. Her debut memoir, First in the Family, is forthcoming from Flatiron on September 10, 2024.

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a Honduran Ecuadorian writer based in New York City. She has been featured on ABC News and HBOMax Pa’lante! and her work has appeared in the Latino Book Review, The New York TimesVoguePaper Magazine, and elsewhere. Jessica is a board member of Time of Butterflies, a non-profit supporting families through domestic abuse recovery, and an organizer with the Central American Writer’s group. Her debut memoir, First in the Family, is forthcoming from Flatiron on September 10, 2024.

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