Iran: Two Poets Sentenced and What You Can Do

PEN protests the harsh sentences imposed on the poets and lyricists Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi. Ekhtesari and Moosavi were sentenced to 11.5 and nine years in prison, respectively,… More

Iran: Poets’ Sentencing Signals New Low

Iranian poets Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Musavi have been sentenced to 11. 5 and 9 years in prison, respectively, and 99 lashes each in what PEN American Center today… More

Iran: Stop Harassment of Translator Sepideh Jodeyri

PEN calls for a response to the recent spike in harassment of Iranian poet, translator, literary critic, and journalist Sepideh Jodeyri, following the publication of her translation into Persian… More

The Conference of the Birds

Farid ud-Din Attar is one of the greatest Sufi mystic poets of Iran. Sholeh Wolpé's artful and exquisite modern translation brings one of the definitive masterpieces of Persian literature… More

Five Poems from Prison

In 2012, Alireza Roshan was incarcerated at Evin prison in Iran—known for housing political prisoners and dissidents—on charges of “incitement and collusion with intent to disrupt national security." He… More