Forough Farrokhzad Folio

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Poet, translator, and filmmaker Forough (or Forugh) Farrokhzad, often referred to as Forough, is a household Iranian name. Her inimitable work, known and loved intimately all over the world, has brought about many translations and transmutations. In celebration of her ninetieth birthday in December 2024, this winter issue folio will newly gather translations by multiple translators of her original Farsi poems (whose rights are in the public domain), alongside writing across genres about, for, and after Forough: essays, stories, poems, and hybrid writing engaging with her through various modes. The folio seeks to complicate rather than complete, to share unusual permutations and under-acknowledged histories. From criticism to personal history, imagined interactions to visual bursts, the prompt is as open as the poet’s distinctive force.

Guest edited by Kenyon Review Fellow Cindy Juyoung Ok.

Submissions will remain open from October 1 through October 31, 2023.

Please submit via our Submittable portal.

  • We do not charge a reading fee for this folio.
  • We consider previously unpublished:
    • poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document)
    • short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words)
    • flash fiction and essays (up to 3 pieces, up to 1,000 words each; please format and submit as a single document)
    • plays (up to 30 pages double-spaced)
    • excerpts (up to 30 pages double-spaced) from larger works
  • Please submit translated work to its corresponding genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama). By submitting, you affirm that you hold first-serial English-language publication rights to the work or else that it falls in the public domain.
  • You may submit to more than one genre. However, please submit no more than one submission in a given genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama); multiple submissions in the same genre (including multiple submissions with different themes) will be disregarded.
  • We are not currently considering the following:
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    • unsolicited book reviews
    • unsolicited artwork
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    • previously published material
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