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Joobin Bekhrad


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[Iranian poet and filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad]

In an article recently published by The Guardian, the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad (1935–1967) was introduced as “Iran’s Sylvia Plath.” While this comparison may have been made with the best of intentions, it is a comparison nonetheless; and, in the case of artists from Iran like Farrokhzad, one might argue, an unnecessary, and problematic, one. Plath’s status as a literary giant is indubitable, but she was who she was in ...

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Joobin Bekhrad

An award-winning writer, Joobin Bekhrad (BBA, MSc.) is the founder and Editor of REORIENT (, a publication celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture, and recently served as the Guest Editor of Columbia University’s Columbia Journal.

He has contributed to such publications as the Cairo Review of Global AffairsThe EconomistForbes, The GuardianAestheticaArtsyChristie’sEncyclopaedia IranicaHarper’s Bazaar Art ArabiaCanvas, and Songlines, been interviewed by news outlets such as Newsweek and the CBC, and seen his articles translated into Persian, Arabic, Italian, Russian, and Chinese, among other languages. Primarily writing about visual art, literature, music, and film, many of his articles focus on subjects such as identity, Persian culture, and the experience of living in the Iranian diaspora.

In 2015, Joobin was granted an International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC) by London’s Royal College of Art. He is also the author of a new translation of Omar Khayyam’s poems from Persian into English, the foreword to Afro-IranComing Down Again, and With My Head in the Clouds and Stars in My Eyes: Stories About Iran and Elsewhere (forthcoming).