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Uptown Fridays Presents: Laleh Khadivi and Persis Karim (Music by Michael Holmes)

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown) 2301 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Join us for a very special Firsts Friday evening of readings with Laleh Khadevi and Persis Karim. With musical guest: Michael Holmes

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available. 

Information about performers:

Michael Holmes bundles his love of punk and eighties pop and jazz ballads and Satie, et al into his songs. He is a student of poetry as well. It all adds up to angled and flowing words and music. Check out his bandcamp and wix music pages here: and

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has worked as director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films since 1999. Her fiction and non-fiction can be found in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story Wanderlust. She lives in Northern California.

Persis Karim is a poet, editor, and professor at San Jose State University where she teaches literature and creative writing. She is the editor of three anthologies of Iranian Diaspora literature: Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-Americans, Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora, and A World Between: Poems, Stories and Essays by Iranian Americans. Her poetry has been published in Callaloo, Caesura, Reed Magazine, White Wall Review and the New York Times among other publications.