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Love Emergencies

08/03/2012 – 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Pasfarda is proud to once again co-sponsor Karimi-Hakak and Wolak’s new collaboration: “Love Emergencies,” a bilingual volume of poetry in Persian and English.
The event will take place the evening of Friday August 3 at The Book Cellar, a lovely bookstore on Lincoln Square.


August 3, 2012 | 7:00 PM
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. | Chicago, IL 60625 | (773) 293-2665

Love Emergencies evolved as an experiment in translation in which two friends sought to communicate their most intimate thoughts and feelings across language and culture without footnotes. Such a project was, of course, a quixotic endeavor, since it obliged each poet to speak through the other’s voice, sidestepping the inexorable contextual problems. Translation, for Mahmood Karimi-Hakak and Bill Wolak, became a means of breaking down cultural preconceptions, unexamined literary stereotypes, and stubborn prejudices. One common theme in both poets is the primacy of love in a world steeped in alienation, oppression, evanescence, and rapacity, hence the title Love Emergencies.

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Mahmood Karimi-Hakak is a poet, translator, theatre and film artist who has created over 60 stage and screen plays in the U.S., Europe and his native Iran. A Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College, his literary credits include five plays, two books of poetry, numerous articles, interviews and translations in both English and Persian. He and Bill Wolak are the co-authors of Love Emergencies and the co-translators of Your Lover’s Beloved: Fifty-One Ghazals of Hafez. His upcoming book, Shakespeare in Tehran, is a memoir of seven years in Iran (1992-1999) and the censorship of his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an episode that resulted in his exile. His latest film, The Glass Wall, documents a dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli artists. He hosts Talking to Mahmood, a television program.

Bill Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey and is the author of the poetry collections Pale As An Explosion, Archeology of Light, and Warming the Mirror. He and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak are the co-authors of Love Emergencies and the co-translators of Your Lover’s Beloved: Fifty-One Ghazals of Hafez. Bill’s critical work and interviews have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Persian Heritage Magazine, Southern Humanities Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Ascent, and Beatlick Magazine. He has been awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships and two Fulbright-Hays scholarships and was a featured reader at the 2011 Kritya International Poetry Festival in Nagpur, India.

Pasfarda co-sponsored a reading and discussion event for Mahmood and Bill’s co-translated Hafez book, “Your Lover’s Beloved: 51 Ghazals” in the summer of 2009 at the No Exit Cafe in Rogers Park.


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625 United States
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