NYC | April 18, 2010: Literary Love & Logic

How’s your math? Find X:

3 writers + 1 poet + 1 band + X = 6 reasons to celebrate at the April 18th Sunday Salon!

(That’s right: X = You.)

7pm at Jimmys 43, 43 E. 7th St. in Manhattan. See you there!

Manijeh Nasrabadi is co-director of the Association of Iranian American Writers. She received her BA in literature from Brown University and her MFA in creative nonfiction from Hunter College, where she also taught creative writing workshops for several years. She was a 2008 recipient of a Hedgebrook writing residency and 2005 Hertog Fellow. Currently, she’s a doctoral student in American Studies at New York University. Her essays and articles have appeared in About Face (Seal Press), Hyphen Magazine, Tehran Bureau and Callaloo. She is writing a memoir about her relationships with her Jewish American and Iranian Zoroastrian families, in the US and in Iran.

Jason Koo is the author of Man on Extremely Small Island, winner of the 2008 De Novo Poetry Prize (C&R Press, 2009). He was born in New York City and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his BA in English from Yale, his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, he has published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including The Yale Review, North American Review and The Missouri Review. He teaches at NYU and Lehman College and serves as Poetry Editor of Low Rent. He lives in Brooklyn.

Sara Barron is the author of the essay collection People Are Unappealing. Her work has also appeared on Showtime’s “This American Life,” NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” The Today Show, and at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She’s a frequent host at The Moth and a teacher at Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

Born in Austria to Iranian parents, Roya Movafegh moved to her native country as a little girl only to escape it five years later due to the heavy persecutions her family faced as Baha’is. By the age of twelve, she had lived in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She quickly learned what it meant to fall short of the criteria of societies and nations – her coloring was too dark, her religion worthy of torture and death, her nationality best kept a secret, and her new language considered a threat. Thirty years later, her journeys have finally culminated into The People With No Camel, where she not only gives voice to the plight of the Baha’i Community in Iran, but speaks to our concepts of Freedom in the West. She is a multi-media artist whose work explores the dynamics of assimilation as well as the multiple facets of cultural identity. She has founded various youth arts organizations, including The Young Harlem Photographers, The Children’s Theatre Company of New York, and Nobility Within. Her photo publication, Wishes in Black and White, a book about race relations in America, was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Love and Logic ( combines elements of indie rock, pop, and classical music to create a truly unique and versatile sound. It’s equal doses of heart and brain (hence the name…) that make their songs so accessible and emotional, but also intricate and challenging. Their high-energy live performance has sold out popular rock venue Arlene’s Grocery, and brought large crowds to Mercury Lounge, Webster Hall, and Highline Ballroom. The band also took home first place in Supernova’s Bandwars NYC 2009 as well as being placed on the short list of “Best bands at Arlene’s 2009”. Drawing on their various musical and cultural backgrounds (all are first generation Americans), Love and Logic have created a truly new brand of rock. From their hearts to your ears…


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