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MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

Roger SedaratRoger Sedarat

Klapper 704, 718-997-4713


Roger Sedarat is a poet and translator.  He is the author of two poetry collections, Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP's 2007 Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011), as well as an academic study, New England Landscape in American Poetry: A Lacanian View (Cambria, 2011). 

In addition to publishing articles on American poetry, Middle Eastern-American literature, and translation in theory and praxis, he has placed recent poems and translations in Green Mountains Review, Zoland Poetry, and World Literature Today.  A recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a St. Botolph Society Grant, he is Associate Professor in the MFA program and Associate Chair of the English Department.

After receiving his BA at the University of Texas-Austin and an MA in English/Creative Writing at Queens College, he completed a PhD in English at Tufts University.  His doctoral dissertation examines the figuration of New England history in the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and Robert Lowell.  Much of his creative writing as an Iranian-American poet involves the connection of his Middle-Eastern background to the American literary tradition, adapting Persian themes and forms into English.  His creative interests include using humor, post-modern performance, politics, and popular culture to transgress social norms and violate aesthetic expectations. He is currently working on a full-length book of translations of verse by the 14th century Persian Sufi poet, Hafez.


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Nicole Cooley, MFA Director
Creative Writing and Literary Translation
Department of English
Office: Klapper 702
Phone: 718-997-4671

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Spring 2014 Events

Literary Legacy: Two Writers in Conversation on Craft and Process
Poets Lynn Emanuel and Terrance Hayes
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 pm
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall

Trends in Translation Talk
Anne Posten (German)
Monday, March 3, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

Workshop on Blogging in the Creative Writing Classroom and Beyond
Rob Garfield
Wednesday, March 12, 5 pm
Klapper Hall 710

Trends in Translation Talk
Naomi Carlson (French)
Monday, March 17, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

Trends in Translation Talk
Esther Allen (Spanish)
Wednesday, March 19, 5 pm
Klapper Hall 710

Trends in Translation Talk
Hillary Gulley (Italian and Spanish)
Monday, March 31, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

The Annual Chapbook Festival
Wednesday, April 2
CUNY Graduate Center, Manhattan

Trends in Translation
Charles Martin (Latin)
Monday, May 5, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

MFA Writers-in-Residence Read New Work Inspired by the Armstrong Archives
Saturday, May 17, 1 pm
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona

Reading by the 2014 MFA Program Graduates
Thursday, May 29, 2 pm
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall

All events are free and open to the public.
Readings will be followed by receptions and book signings.


June 2014 Conference in Uzès, France

The MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY offers an intimate, one-week conference in literary translation in the South of France. View the conference poster for complete information.


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