OMAHA – The University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) 2015 Writer’s Workshop Reading Series will continue with a public reading by Iranian-American novelist and filmmaker Laleh Khadivi on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Art Gallery of the UNO Weber Fine Arts Building.
The Writer’s Workshop Reading Series will bring five authors to campus this fall semester. Each event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Khadivi's fictional trilogy follows three generations of Kurdish and Kurdish-American men during their exile and migration to the U.S. in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, earned the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. The book tells the story of a Kurdish boy indoctrinated into the shah’s army after his parents are killed in a massacre.
The second book in her trilogy, The Walking, follows a young Kurdish man’s perilous migration to Los Angeles.
Khadivi is at work on the last novel of the trilogy.
Her debut documentary is 900 Women, which tracks the daily lives of six inmates at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. The film aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Since 1999, Khadivi has worked as director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films. Her media projects have received support and awards from the Paul Robeson Foundation, the Soros Open Society Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Remaining 2015 Writer’s Workshop Reading Series Dates:
- Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. – Laleh Khadivi, novelist & filmmaker
- Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. – Susan Aizenberg, poet
- Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. – Brando Skyhorse, memoirist & journalist
- Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. – Lisa Sandlin, fiction writer
Each reading will be held in the Art Gallery of UNO’s Weber Fine Arts Building. For special needs or assistance, call 402.554.2406 (TTY 402.554.3799).
For media requests, please contact:
Sam Petto, UNO Media Relations Coordinator
Charley Reed, UNO Associate Director of Media Relations
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