Shabnam PiryeiDescribed by the San Francisco Book Review as “a force to be reckoned with in literary circles,” Shabnam Piryaei has authored the books FORWARD (MUSEUM Books) and ode to fragile (Plain View Press). She has received the Poets & Writers Amy Award for Poetry and the Transport of the Aim Prize, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She also has written and directed award-winning short films that have been screened at film festivals and art galleries in the U.S. and internationally.