Iranian Studies Webinar Series: Women Poets

When and Where

Friday, February 26, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Lecture via Zoom


Sholeh Wolpé


Shame, Stigma and Sin: From Tahirih, to Forugh, to Us

In this webinar, Wolpé will discuss aspects of the political and social consequences of Tahirih and Forugh's physical, spiritual, and emotional expressions of intimacy and their far-reaching effect on the subsequent generations of female Iranian-born poets, including herself.

Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet, playwright and librettist. About her poems, the Poetry Foundation writes, “Wolpé’s concise, unflinching, and often wry free verse explores violence, culture, and gender.” Named a “2020-2021 Cultural Trailblazer” by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Wolpé is the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award, 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize as well as artist fellowships and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Australia and Switzerland.

Organized by the Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies in collaboration with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; the Department of History; the Department of Historical Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies—UTM; the Cinema Studies Institute; the Centre for Comparative Literature; Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity; the Department of History (York University); the Department of English (Ryerson University), and Iran Namag: A Quarterly of lranian Studies.

Zoom Registration:
* After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registering once will give you access to the remaining talks in the series.

For further information please contact: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (, Azita Taleghani (, or Arshavez Mozafari (