In this episode we talk about: 

  • Writing a memoir vs. writing a novel, and how those can be different. What challenges you might come across when trying to find place to imagine vs. holding constraint dear 
  • How poetry and art can change the world 
  • How you as an artist can breathe life into those who inspire you, and inform your own work 
  • How to create art that has something to stay about the political environment, and our role as artists when it feels like everything is horrible 
  • The “and” not “or” mentality, and how we can expand our thoughts around our art 
  • Research, and how it is an author like Jasmin built a world of 50s and 60 Iran 
  • Who owns a story? What constitutes having the right to write about something?

About Jasmin:

Jasmin Darznik’s novel Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, and will be published by Random House on February 13, 2018. Jasmin is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times 

 Jasmin was born in Tehran, Iran and came to America when she was five years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. 


Find Out More About Jasmin:   

Check out Jasmin on her website
Buy her book on Amazon