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My Work (Online)

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from T’shuvah (a manuscript in progress)

from Words For What Those Men Have Done

from my translation The Teller Of Tales

  • Ekleksographia Wave Two: Zahhak

from my translation of Elahi Nameh (The Book of God), by Farid al-Din Attar

  • Modern Language Studies 46:2: Attar’s Tale of Marhuma:’ The Woman With a Manly Heart.” As part of the commission through which I produced The Teller of Tales, Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan, and Selections from Saadi’s Bustan, I was also supposed to do a book-length selection from Attar’s Elahi Nameh. Unfortunately, the commission ran out and this translation and accompanying essay were all I could complete.

from ArteEast

  • In the summer of 2007, I was invited to guest edit a special edition of ArteEast Quarterly focused on Iranian and Iranian-American literature. You can read the issue here.

Essays

Reviews

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Trembling/Light
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s jazz ensemble Pneuma made a lovely video of their musical setting of Light,” one of the poems from The Silence of Men. The piece is from their album, Who Has Seen The Wind?, which is well worth getting:


Claiming The Politics of My Survival
In March of 2018, in the aftermath of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others, I was invited to give a talk during Nassau Community College’s Sexual Assault/Harassment Awareness Week about my experience as a survivor of childhood sexual violence.


Words For What Those Men Have Done was published in Canada, in 2017, by Guernica Editions. Unfortunately, I was not able to be in Toronto for the launch. This is the video I sent for them to play in my stead:


On November 30, 2016, I read from The Silence of Men and the newly published For My Son, A Kind of Prayer at (the now sadly defunct) NYC reading series Rimes of The Ancient Mariner:


Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women (Kasva Press 2016) is the first-ever anthology of international poetry specifically addressing the oppression and empowerment of women. I was fortunate to read at the inaugural launch event in April of 2016.


In March 2015, I read my work at the first International Conference on Masculinities in New York City:


Queens In Love With Literature (QUILL)
In 2011, as part of the Queens Council On The Arts’ Queens In Love With Literature festival, I was fortunate to work with the dancer Keomi Tarver on a poetry/dance performance. Due to technological limitations at the time, we had to split the video into two parts:

Part 1

Part 2

—Audio—

In 2006, shortly after The Silence of Men was published, I was invited to give a reading in Sacramento. I was unable to go, but the organizers were kind enough to allow me to send a recording of my reading.

Richard J Newman · Sacramento Poetry Reading

I made this recording in 2008 for an online celebration of classical Persian literature, though I confess I do not remember who sponsored the event and I am unable to find any trace of it online. The recording is of my versions of the stories of the first two kings in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, Kayumars and Hushang.

Richard J Newman · Kayumars & Hushang