Discipline: Literature – poetry

Rooja Mohassessy

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Dobbins, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Rooja Mohassessy is an Iranian-born poet and educator. She is a transnational whose work explores themes of war, migration, and coming of age in exile. She resides in Northern California and is enrolled in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Pacific University in Oregon.

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Poet Lore, California Fire and Water: An Anthology of Poems, Southern Humanities Review, CALYX Journal, Ninth Letter, Bare Life Review, Potomac Review, InterlitQ, The Florida Review, New Letters, and elsewhere.

During her residency at MacDowell Rooja worked on revising and preparing her debut poetry manuscript, "When Your Sky Runs into Mine," for publication. The manuscript won the 22nd Annual Elixir Poetry Prize and will be released by Elixir Press in 2023.



Rooja Mohassessy worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast façade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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