Poetry Readings, Events and Projects

 Esther Kamkar featured in Monterey Poetry  Review Spring 2007, Vol.3/No.1 "Childhood"  edition 

The latest print edition of Monterey Poetry Review has a childhood theme and features 3 poems by Esther Kamkar: Persian Lilac, Tamar's Deer-Like Run and The Scissors.

Esther Kamkar - Monterey Poetry ReviewMPR said: "Esther Kamkar's voice, the rarely heard voice of an Iranian woman and an American mother living in the Bay Area, is informed by her childhood memories, dreams, and poetic imagination in a new language, here and now. Her work appears in DisquietingMuses.com, Bellowing Art, Monserrat Review, Sandhill Review, and in the anthology Let Me Tell You Where I've Been. Her chapbooks include A Leopard In My Pocket and Hummingbird Conditions.

With thanks to the Monterey Poetry Review for kind permission to reproduce this excerpt.

 January - February 2007 -- Anthology Readings   by Esther Kamkar and anthology  co- contributors 

January 28 - Persis Karim, Esther Kamkar and contributing authors - Pleasanton Library - Women of the Iranian Diaspora - a reading of the stunning anthology Let Me Tell You Where I've Been
When: Sunday, January 28, 2007, 2pm (Free)
Where: Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave, Pleasanton, CA94566.

February 2 - Waiveley Writers Group with Esther Kamkar, Persis Karim and Farnaz Fatemi - readings from the anthology Let Me Tell You Where I've Been edited by Persis Karim.
When: Friday, February 2, 2007, 7.30pm (Free)
Where: Waiveley Writers Group, convening at the Friends' Meeting House, 957 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto.

 Review: "Let Me Tell You Where I've Been" - 
 by Jasmin Darznik - Iranian.com 

"In the space of three hundred pages, Let Me Tell You Where I Have Been manages to capture a new ethnic literature engaged not only with the most timely topics of the day, but also with some of the most common and timeless subjects of human life" - Jasmin Darznik.
Read more at Iranian.com

 Review: "Let Me Tell You Where I've Been" - 
 Publishers Weekly - June '06 

The diversity of voices represented in this stunning collection of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by women of Iranian descent shatters their narrow image in the U.S...Touching on universal themes of love and loss, exile and longing, politics and war, this collection derives its cumulative power from its authors' subtle, uniquely female perceptions."
Excerpts from Publishers Weekly: Credit & Copyright - Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Anthology "Let Me Tell You Where I've Been" - Edited by Persis M. Karim.

 Update: Mid-May Anthology Release Date announced   for "Let Me Tell  You Where I've  Been" 

For anthology previews by Naomi Shihab Nye, Al Young, Michael Beard, Zohreh T. Sullivan, Azar Nafisi and Farzaneh Milani, plus other info...

  Might we present this stunning collection of voices to the U.S. government? Might this be the perfect moment for bridges of language and sensibility -- delicious humanity -- to define and connect us? Cast aside the grim proclamations of power and threat! Gratitude to Persis Karim for this healing tonic of pomegranate wisdom and pleasure.
-- Naomi Shihab Nye, Poet and Author of You & Yours and 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East.

 New Book now available: "Let Me Tell You Where I've   Been" - new writing by women of the Iranian diaspora.   With 3 poems by Esther Kamkar. 

Book: Let Me Tell You Where I've Been
Book: Let Me Tell You Where I've Been
Edited by Persis M. Karim
Ask for this book at the bookstore - I have 3 poems in it.

ISBN 1-55728-819-4 ($49.95 cloth)
ISBN 1-55728-820-8 ($24.95 paper)

In bookstores May 2006.
You can also order this book online from:
:: University of Arkansas Press Spring Catalogue
:: Amazon.com

University of Arkansas Press: McIlroy House,
201 Ozark Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701
(0800) 626-0090 / FAX 94790 575-5538

Cover art: Taraneh Henami
Cover design: Ardalan Payvar

 Carmela Rizzuto and Esther Kamkar   collaboration. Hand-Made Book - 'Lost and  Found Again', 2005 

Hand-Made Book - 'Lost and Found Again', 2005 
Photo by Carmela Rizzuto.

One-of-a-kind accordion fold book:
Special Techniques and materials: Turkish-map-folded inserts, hand-colored archival paper, Japanese jacquard cotton fabric covers.
:: Carmela Rizzuto, artist, designed, printed and assembled the book. Her award winning artwork has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

:: Esther Kamkar, poet, artist, educator and chef, lives and works in Palo Alto, CA.

Hand-Made Book - 'Lost and Found Again', 2005 
Photo by Carmela Rizzuto.

Esther Kamkar's original poems are the inspiration for this unique book. Her poetry bridges the gulf from her home country of Iran to the new ground of the United States. Her poems brings her personal journey to life, unifying the connection between the experience of all immigrant journeys and the commonality of feeling lost, and then found again. Her themes and concepts of fitting in, isolation, strangeness, love that binds and self-definition speak to the heart. Esther Kamkar has published a book of her poems titled, 'Hummingbird Conditions'.

Events Archive

:: October 11 - Esther Kamkar and contributing authors of Let Me Tell You Where I've Been - Stanford University
Wednesday, October 11, 4pm
Where: Stanford University,
5th floor, Bender Room, Green Library.

:: October 20 - Esther Kamkar and Persis Karim
Persian Excursion - Palo Alto Public Library - for all ages

A wonderful evening celebrating Iranian and Middle Eastern cultures with a reading by poets Esther Kamkar and Persis Karim (Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writings by Women of the Iranian Diaspora), a performance by members of the Niosha Dance Academy, and music by Ahl-i Nafs (People of the Spirit). Persian refreshments will be served.
Friday, October 20, 7.30pm
Where: Palo Alto Main Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto.
Phone: 650-329-2436

:: November 29 - Esther Kamkar and contributing authors - San Francisco Main Library - Enemy Nations, Emerging Voices - a reading of two groundbreaking anthologies: Let Me Tell You Where I've Been and Literature from the Axis of Evil.
When: Wednesday, November 29, 6-8pm (Free)
Where: San Francisco Main Library Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, Phone 415/557-4277

:: August 25 - Esther Kamkar Poetry Reading -
Politics & Prose Book Shop
Friday, August 25, 7pm
Where: Politics & Prose,
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008, Toll Free: 1-800-722-0790

:: August 13 - Esther Kamkar & Nina Koepke - Poetic Images - a poetry and clay collaboration at The Main Gallery
Sunday, August 13, reading at 4pm
Where: The Main Gallery,
1018 Main Street Redwood City CA 94063 Phone: (650) 701-1018

::  July 18 - Esther Kamkar Poetry Reading - at
Intersection for the Arts
Tuesday, July 18, 7.30pm
Where: Intersection for the Arts,
446 Valencia Street
Mission District SF, Tel: (415) 626-2787, ext. 106
Info: This evening features seven writers in the anthology - Sanaz Nikaein, Haleh Hatami, Esther Kamkar, Persis M. Karim, Mojdeh Marashi, Farnoosh Seifoddini, Shadi Ziaei & Roxanne Varzi - as well as Aleph Null, a live six-piece world music and jazz ensemble celebrating Iranian American culture in the Bay Area.

:: June 25 - Persis M. Karim & Esther Kamkar on
KUSP Poetry Show with Dennis Morton & Mort Marcus

Station: KUSP
Topic: Poetry, anthology readings, talk.
When: Sunday, June 25, 8pm - 9pm.

:: June 26 - Hear Persis M. Karim and Esther Kamkar on KALW 91.7 FM
Station: KALW 91.7 FM - worldwide webcast.
Poetry readings, talk, call-ins.
When: Monday, June 26, 10am

::  June 26 - Esther Kamkar Poetry Reading -
Cody's Books

When: Monday, June 26, 7.00pm
Where: Cody's Books, 1730 Fourth Street in Berkeley
Toll Free: 800-995-1180 or 510-559-9500

:: June 22 - Esther Kamkar Poetry Reading -
Kepler's Books

When: Thursday, June 22, 7.30pm
Where: Kepler's Books & Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA, 94025. Tel: (650) 324-4321

::  June 21 - Esther Kamkar Poetry Reading -
Capitola Book Café

When: Wednesday, June 21, 7.30pm
Where: Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Avenue Capitola,
CA 95010. Tel: 831-462-4415

::  June 15 - Esther Kamkar Poetry Reading - City Lights
When: Thursday, June 15, 7pm.
Where: City Lights Book Store, 261 Columbus Avenue @ Broadway (North Beach), San Francisco. (Map) Tel + 415.362.8193

 Esther Kamkar Reading - Art 21 Gallery - March   2006 
Friday, March 10 - 7:30pm.
Where: Art 21 Gallery,
539 Alma St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(corner of Alma St & Hamilton Ave)

 Esther Kamkar reading - Saturday Poets - Sept   2005 
Esther Kamkar will be reading with six of her fellow Saturday Poets - an hour's worth of tag-team sampler-platter poetry.
When: Wednesday, September 14th - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Monticello Inn, 127 Ellis Street, San Francisco (corner of Ellis and Powell), (415) 394-0661.

 Esther Kamkar reading - Saturday Poets - April   2005 
Esther Kamkar will join a group of talented creative writers known as the Saturday Poets, in the Creative Writers' Series.
Thursday, April 7 - 7:30pm.
Where: Wiegand Art Gallery on campus,
Notre Dame de Namur University,
1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA.

 Esther Kamkar reading - March 2005 
When: Wednesday, March 2 - 7:00pm.
Where: Margarita's Mexican Restaurant,
2098 Broadway, Redwood City, CA.

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