Nilofar Shidmehr was born in Iran and moved to Canada in 1997. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in education. She continues to live in Vancouver and is working on a collection of short stories about the lives of Iranians in Canada and Iran. Shidmehr has also published poetry in Farsi.
Shirin and Salt Man
Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan Books, 2008.
9th floor PS8637 .H49 S44 2008
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
Shirin and Salt Man is a novella in verse, which tells the story of a young modern day Iranian woman, Shirin. She is an ordinary girl from Kermanshah born before the Islamic Revolution, who imagines herself to be an incarnation of princess Shirin, depicted in the ancient Persian classic Shirin and Khosro. At first she tries to shape her life to that of the myth, but later decides to change her destiny and become the author of her own story. She leaves her husband and runs away with the Salt Man, a 1700 year old mummy on display at the Iranian National Museum in Tehran. The poems form a compelling narrative of the life of a contemporary Iranian woman whose voice has been muted by Khosro, her fundamentalist and traditional husband. In an environment where the dominance of men is written in stone and where only men have the authority for fashioning and telling stories, Shirin reclaims a place for herself as a lover and teller of stories. …
Awards and Honours
2009 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize–BC Book Prize (Finalist)