Yazdanfar, Farzin 1953-

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YAZDANFAR, Farzin 1953-

PERSONAL: Born November 27, 1953, in Tehran, Iran; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Muhammad-Amin (a government employee) and Farah (a bank clerk; maiden name, Shafiee) Yazdanfar. Ethnicity: "Persian." Education: National University of Iran, B.A. (economics), 1975; College of Translation, Tehran, Iran, B.A. (translation), 1976; University of Michigan, M.A. (applied economics), 1977, M.A. (Near Eastern studies), 1986; attended University of Stockholm, 1980.

ADDRESSES: Home—233 East Erie St., Apt. 2207, Chicago, IL 60611. Office—Richard J. Daley College, 7500 South Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60652. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Persian bibliographer, 1994-96; Richard J. Daley College, Chicago, instructor in English as a second language, 1986—.

AWARDS, HONORS: Translation award, 1984.


(Editor, with John Green) Walnut Sapling on Masih's Grave, and Other Stories by Iranian Women, Heinemann (Portsmouth, NH), 1993.

(Editor, translator, and coauthor of introduction) In a Voice of Their Own: A Collection of Stories by Iranian Women Written since the Revolution of 1979, Mazda Publishers (Costa Mesa, CA), 1996.

The Downhearted (short stories), Ibex Publishers (Bethesda, MD), 1999.

(Compiler and translator) Loneliness, the Thin Skin of Porcelain: A Collection of Fourteen Short Stories, Simorgh Publishers (Mission Viejo, CA), 2003.

Contributor of English and Persian translations to periodicals.

SIDELIGHTS: Farzin Yazdanfar once told CA: "I have been interested in the concerns of Iranian women, and Iranian women writers in particular, since the revolution of 1979 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran. I have coedited and cotranslated two collections of short stories by Iranian women authors. In the first collection, the stories cover a period from 1945 to 1989. The second collection includes stories written by more than a dozen Iranian women during the last eighteen or nineteen years. I am also interested in writing scholarly articles about the history of Iranian women in this century and the role of women writers in modern Persian literature. My primary goal is to introduce the post-revolutionary Iranian women fiction writers and their rapidly growing contributions to the western reader."