Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from New York University and University of California, Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Granta and others. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Sharif has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She received a 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. A former Stegner Fellow, Sharif is a lecturer at Stanford University.
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