Discipline: Literature – translation

Arash Saedinia

Discipline: Literature – translation
Region: Woodland Hills, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Arash Saedinia is an artist and curator whose practices engage poetry, essay, film, photography, and music. He is also a DJ and archivist. In 2019, Saedinia won the Page Davidson Clayton Prize for his poem "Proof." Recent poems and translations appear in the anthology Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora. He is the editor of In Character: Pouya Afshar: Selected Works and served as a contributing editor to the magazine B|ta'arof.

Saedinia co-curated the compilation Pomegranates: Persian Pop, Funk, Folk and Psych of The 60s and 70s.

At MacDowell in 2023, he translated Forugh Farrokhzad's Let Us Believe In The Dawn Of The Cold Season from Persian to English and he wrote "Vali, Valley" for The Iranian Diaspora in Global Perspective conference at UCLA. He also continued work on two documentary projects including a monograph of photographs and prose, and his first full-length manuscript of poems.

Portrait by Melika Abikenari



Arash Saedinia worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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