Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani (Zoe) says she was a dentist in another life! She attended Ferdowsi University in Iran and specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at London University, England.Her love of literature never left her and throughout her life, she continued to write both poetry and prose. After more than two decades of running her private practice in the Chicago area and teaching at Northwestern University Dental School, she moved to California to follow her passion and be a full-time writer.
Zohreh is a poet/writer both in Persian and English. Ghahremani's first book, in Persian, Shareek-e-gham/Commiserator, came out in 2000 and to this date is used as a reference in how to deal with grief. Her debut novel in English, Sky of Red Poppies, was selected by San Diego Public Libraries, KPBS, and San Diego State University as a 2012 One Book, One San Diego. Her sophomore novel, The Moon Daughter was released in 2013 and won the San Diego Book Awards for best fiction.
Ghahremani's work has also appeared in several anthologies including Tremors,Themes, A Year in Ink, The Poetry of IranianWomen, and more. Over 200 of her essays and short stories have appeared in several publications both in Persian and English. She was a columnist for Zan Magazine. An immigrant, Zoe draws heavily from her Iranian-American culture in her writing. Her work has won several awards, including:
- First place in the California Stories (2005)
- San Diego Book Awards (2004), in short stories category
- Best Fiction at Santa Barbara Writers Conference (2004)
- One Book, One San Diego 2012
- San Diego Book Awards 2013
Sky of Red Poppies has been translated to French and Persian. Un Ciel de Coquelicots continues to do well throughout France and in Canada. The Persian translation is about to be launched in San Diego.
Although Sky of Red Poppies was a first novel, it is now on the reading list of many high schools and colleges. In one radio interview, the author was asked what had contributed the most to such success? She responded with the translation of a verse from Sa'adi, the 13th century poet of Persia, "A word that rises from one heart / has no choice but to land in another."
Zohreh is a frequent public speaker, and has been featured on Voice of America, KPBS, KIRN radio in Los Angeles, and Jazz Radio in San Diego. She has spoken at a number of universities including University of Chicago, Georgetown University, U.C. Berkeley, San Diego State University, UCSD, San Diego City College, and San Francisco State University. In addition to discussions about her writing, Ghahremani is a motivational speaker on how to pursue your dreams, and she openly shares the experience that helped her to reach a seemingly impossible goal.
When not writing, Zoe enjoys gardening and painting, for which she has held several shows in California. For more information please visit www.zoeghahremani.com
To schedule a talk or arrange an interview, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 858-459-3333.