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

Two Poets Released

PEN International and Freemuse welcome the release on bail of poets and lyricists Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi on January 14, 2013. More

Two Poets Detained; Fears for Safety

PEN protests the arrest of poets and lyricists Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi, who have been held in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison since December 7, 2013, apparently… More

PEN Award Winner Nasrin Sotoudeh Freed

PEN American Center today welcomed the release of Iranian journalist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, calling it “a victory for all men and women fighting for justice for their fellow… More

Jailed Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Ends Hunger Strike

PEN American Center is relieved to learn that lawyer and journalist Nasrin Sotoudeh today suspended her 48-day hunger strike after authorities reportedly lifted travel restrictions on her 12-year-old daughter.… More