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Erika Abrahamian

Erika Abrahamian was born in Iran on the eve of the 1979 revolution. She grew up in Tehran, where the Iran-Iraq war was the backdrop to her childhood. When she was sixteen she and her family left Iran for the United States. She is the recipient of a Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change Residency, and an MFA from Mills College. She is currently at work on her first novel, The Unsettled Dead.


Inside Iran: Introduction

What is the genesis of art in a repressive society? In Iran, repression has ruled in one form or another for the last half century and still, the voice of the people rings out around it. As Iran’s recent manifestations of state power take a brazen and unapologetic turn, the creative spirit of the populace has come forth—in poetry, comics, music and prose, blogs, and photography—its pulse beating strongly amid the bloodshed.