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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 28th festival was one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. Four novels and two collections of short stories written in Farsi, her mother language, were published in Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. Her novel, Dancing in a Broken Mirror, published in Iran, was a finalist for the “Book of the Year” (2000). Her English publications include Parastoo; Two Sisters; and Afsaneh’s Moon. A volume of poetry in Farsi, Rahavard, was published in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in a number
of North American anthologies.
These stories feature Iranian women facing displacement, cultural change, and struggles for survival living in the North American diaspora. At the same time,the challenges they face also reveal their racial, gendered and cultural anxieties. “Soleiman’s Silence”, “Felicia,” “If You Were I”; and “Line”, portray many dimensions of the migrant’s strive (or the refusal) to build a home, away from home. Other stories set in post-revolutionary Iran lay bare the prosecution of political activists.