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. After more than two decades of practicing 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. Her debut novel in English, Sky of Red Poppies, was selected by San Diego Public Libraries and KPBS as a One Book, One San Diego 2012. Her sophomore novel, The Moon Daughter has just been released. Ghahremani's first book, in Persian, Shareek-e-gham/Commiserator), came out in 2000.
An immigrant, Zoe draws heavily from her Iranian-American culture in her writing. Her work has won several other awards, including first place in the California Stories (2005), San Diego Book Awards (2004), and Best Fiction at Santa Barbara Writers Conference (2004). Hundreds of her articles and short stories have appeared in US and foreign publications. She is currently a columnist for Zan Magazine. Although Sky of Red Poppies was her first novel, it is now on the reading list for 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 an old Persian poem, "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 and has been invited to speak 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 speaking about her writing, Ghahremani is a motivational speaker on how to pursue your dreams, and 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 email@example.com or call 858-459-3333.