ROYA HAKAKIAN is an author and Farsi poet whose opinion columns, essays and book reviews appear in English language publications like the New York Times, the Daily Beast / Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and NPR’s All Things Considered. A founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, she has collaborated on over a dozen hours of programming for leading journalism units on network television, including CBS 60 Minutes. Roya is the author of two collections of poetry in Persian, and is listed among the leading new voices in Persian poetry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies around the world, including La Regle Du Jeu , Strange Times My Dear: The Pen Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature. She serves on the board of Refugees International.
". . . Carefully researched and vividly written . . . In addition to being a lively account of an extraordinary trial, Roya Hakakian's book can be read as an unsettling reminder of the dangers of excessive zeal."
~The New York Times Sunday Book Review ** Editors' Choice **
Roya is terrific. She is an engaging and powerful speaker and also very warm and personable. […] As an Iranian Jew, human rights activist, journalist and poet, she is the consummate Renaissance woman with a unique insider/outsider take on the internal and external challenges posed by the Iranian theo/thugocracy. I'm a big fan. She'll be great in Boca.
Jay L. Rubin, Chief Executive Officer Jewish Federation of Greater Austin
“The invitation came in an email […] Officers of the Near East Affinity Group at the Central Intelligence Agency wanted me to address them on a variety of topics, including Persian poetry and literature. […] To be a guest at the very place I had been taught to revile as a teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, to walk the halls of the universally feared agency seemed revolutionary indeed.”
A Cappuccino With the C.I.A.
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NBC News in Oct. 24, 2011
Dylan Ratigan Show - Tension grows between US and Middle East
NBC News in Jan. 13, 2012
Dylan Ratigan Show - Growing Middle East tensions lead to further unrest
NBC News in Feb. 7, 2012
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