Why this Persian New Year is Different

A personal essay by Iranian-born novelist Porochista Khakpour about her apprehension and lack of excitement about Nowruz, the Persian New Year, at a time when it feels unsafe to be of Muslim heritage in America.

Source: CNN
Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,862 words)

Portrait of the Artist as a Debut Novelist

An essay by Iranian-American novelist Porochista Khakpour (excerpted from Scratch: Writers, Money and the Art of Making a Living, edited by Manjula Martin) about the challenges of surviving financially in her early years as a writer. Her struggle was compounded by being a writer of color with an unusual name, from a country whose president was at odds with the U.S., and having to deal with clueless Americans attending her readings.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jan 27, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,488 words)