Banned Iranian Journal Responds to Uprising First Anthology on Summer 2009 Iran Uprising Published

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The world’s first collection of protest literature responding to Iran’s explosive summer 2009 uprising has been published by Iran’s biggest government-censored literary journal, MahMag.org. A collection of poems and stories edited by award-winning American poets including Ellen Bass, Marvin Bell, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, Sandra Alcoser and more.

“I’m excited to be part of this amazing project and to bring it to English language readers,” says the collection’s co-editor and award winning poet Ellen Bass, MFA professor in Poetry and Creative Writing at Pacific University in Oregon.

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The world’s first collection of protest literature responding to Iran’s explosive summer 2009 uprising has been published by Iran’s biggest government-censored literary journal, MahMag.org.

Protest of the Pen: An Anthology, Iran Summer 2009 is a collection of poems and stories edited by award-winning American poets including Ellen Bass, Marvin Bell, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, Sandra Alcoser and more. The collection is written by prominent established and emerging Iranian poets and writers including Esmail Khoi, Simin Behbahani, Bejan Baran, and Mahnaz Badihian.

“Poems of protest are poems of a conscientious mind and they belong to all the people in the world”, says MahMag Founder and primary editor of this book, Dr. Mahnaz Badihian. “This book is a testament to the power of the pen.”

This unique publication captures a moment in history when the internet allowed people from within Iran to distinctly share their struggle with the rest of the world during the largest uprising in Iran since the 1979 revolution. It is published by Iran’s biggest online literary magazine, MahMag.org, which itself is frequently under attack by Iranian government Internet censors.

“I’m excited to be part of this amazing project and to bring it to English language readers,” says the collection’s co-editor and award winning poet Ellen Bass, MFA professor in Poetry and Creative Writing at Pacific University in Oregon.

Protest of the Pen includes a selection of newly translated poems of protest from classic Persian mystical poets Rumi and Hafez, as well as the real voices of Iranians who were on the ground at the protests in Iran or worldwide, participating in the historic uprising.

Persian Language version of the book is available for Purchase from MahMag Inc.
http://www.mahmag.org/protestofthepen.html

Mahnaz Badihian, Editor-in-Chief of MahMag.org and the book’s editors are available for interviews. For details, contact Mahi Sadeghi at Mahvand(at)mahmag(dot)org or (415) 306 3435.

WEB LINKS:
MahMag.org
http://www.mahmag.org

Protest of the Pen
http://www.mahmag.org/protestofthepen

BACKGROUND:
MahMag Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that strives to open the borders between peoples of all cultures and languages through the proliferation of art and literature. MahMag encourages both established and emerging writers and artists by providing a visible platform for international recognition of their creative contributions. MahMag is committed to the freedom of individuals to express their unique voices and perspectives and to be heard by a diverse audience. MahMag is published in English, Persian, Italian and Spanish. To learn more about MahMag visit http://www.mahmag.org .

Media Contact:
Mahi Sadeghi, MahMag Inc.
Tel: (415) 306 3435
Mahvand(at)mahmag(dot)org
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