Roger Sedarat is the author of four poetry books, including the just released Haji as Puppet: An Orientalist Burlesque (Word Works, 2017). He is the winner of the 2016 Tenth Gate Prize for Mid-Career Poets, and he wrote Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic (which won Ohio University Press’ Hollis Summers’ Prize) and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011).
Roger teaches creative writing (poetry and literary translation) in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York. He teaches and writes on such academic interests as 19th and 20th century American literature, as well as Middle Eastern-American literature. Currently, Roger is working toward translating a full-length collection of ghazals by the 14th century Sufi Persian poet, Hafez.