Emerging Azarin

Photo essay: Celebrating with Azarin Sadegh, PEN Emerging Voices Fellow

by Nazy Kaviani
It was a pleasure to attend a welcoming ceremony in Los Angeles two weekends ago, honoring Azarin Sadegh as one of the PEN Center USA’s Emerging Voices Fellows for 2011.  The PEN announcement introduced Azarin as: “Azarin Sadegh, a 2010 UCLA Kirkwood Award nominee, was born in Shahi.  During the war with Iraq, she left Iran, studied Computer Science in France and took her first Creative Writing class in Los Angeles.  Since 2007, her work has appeared in print and online, including in the Chicago Sun Times, Iranian.com and Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration.  Currently, she lives in Los Angeles and is working on her second novel, The Suicide Note.” Here are pictures Majid, Multiple Personality Disorder, and I took during our day of celebration of our friendship and Azarin’s award.

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Thank you!

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Thank you for visiting and for your comments. Thank you to Majid & Banoo and MPD for their friendship. We will all be watching Azarin!


Congratulations from me too!

by Aref-Adib on

Congratulations to Azarin and thanks for letting us see inside of a Beverly Hills house!


Dear Azarin

by vildemose on

 May today's success be the beginning of tomorrow's achievements. Congratulations

David ET

Congratulations Dear Azarin

by David ET on

and best wishes

Masoud Kazemzadeh

congrats Azarin

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on





Dear Azarin, I love your

by Soudabeh on

Dear Azarin, I love your writing.   Can't wait to read your new book.  I just started reading some of your essays today and I am very impressed.  I also like the bond formed between you and your readers/commentators.

You desereve all the praises and I hope the success of this book will give you all the courage you need to keep writing.

hamsade ghadimi

eyval. enjoy your day in the

by hamsade ghadimi on

eyval. enjoy your day in the sun and keep writing.


Afarin bar

by statira on




by Princess on

Azarin jaan, keep up the great work. Movafagh baashi, khanoum!

Nazy jaan, thanks for tireless efforts and for taking us there.  





I heard this about one aspect of tyranny’s effect on some Iranians from the late Saidi Sirjani, who was murdered by the lovelies ruling over Iran.

Just like crushed rose petals under the pressure of distillation produce the heavenly rosewater, at times of great stress, some Iranians become fantastic artists.

Azarin, sad Aafareen.


Dear Azarin

by Mehrban on

I wish you contiued success. 

Thanks Nazy for the great reportage and keeping us posted.

Orang Gholikhani

Congrate Azarine :-)

by Orang Gholikhani on

Bravo and Afarine




by yolanda on

Thank you, Nazy, MPD, and Majid, for the beautiful photo essay with captions....I am glad that Azarin was honored for her accomplishment.....I am also glad to hear "Persian Square".....very interesting.....I went to Santa Monica Pier twice, never been to Persian Square......my favorite photo is the last one.....I wonder who are the people with hidden music talent? Come on, Please don't hide your talent and post your music audio/video on IC.....let us enjoy it!

Azarin Sadegh

Oh dear...

by Azarin Sadegh on

After coming back from my novel class and spending some time on my motherly duties, I finally started my usual routine: checking my emails, and surfing IC and FB...I almost had a heart attack by seeing my own photo here on the first page....Oh dear!

Nazy azizam, Dear Majid, Dear Tonya, and Dear MPD aka Peter Sellers (you really look like him :-) You are such sweethearts! Thank you so much for this great photo essay and especially thank you for being there for me...It truly meant a lot!  I had the best of time during the day...and that evening was very special for me and I feel so lucky that I could share it with you guys! You're the best!

Sending you a big cyber hug!

My many thanks also to everyone on this thread! I feel grateful for having so many wonderful friends among the great community of IC family. Many of you are great writers and way better than me…so you make me feel so humbled with your lovely comments. I’m also sorry for going on and on with my thank you note…but I have to send a special thank to JJ for being among the first people who liked my writing and published my first essay about the war. (If I remember correctly, it was called “I Still Remember” :-)

JJ jan, I’ll always be grateful to you for your support and encouragement (even though some of my first essays weren’t that good..:-)

Plus, we missed you that day, especially during the after party at our house!  But I truly hope that you might be able to make it to either of the next two readings:

The first one is going to be on the April 17th at Hotel Cafe...and the second one at Hammer Museum probably in July!

And I would like to invite every one of you guys to these events…in case you’d be in LA.  

Sorry again for my long comment!

Love, Azarin

hadi khojinian


hadi khojinian

شاد و همیشه پیروز باشی آذرین دوست داشتنی ما



by humanbeing on

to azarin and to you all!!!

 only way IS up!  you inspire all of us who

dream to make those dreams come true.

never stop.

thanks for sharing the pictures.



by yolanda on

LOL! great photos...I will be back!  I am trying to finish reading a book written by Jasmin Darznik!

Multiple Personality Disorder

Many thanks to Azarin and her husband for a great day in L.A.

by Multiple Personality Disorder on


And, thanks to Majid and his beautiful wife for treating me so well.  I
had the most wonderful time down there in the L.A. area, except that I
got a parking violation ticket, but that's OK.  It was worth it.  And
then there was this guy at the party that told me I looked like Peter Sellers, which made me happy at first, but then I thought maybe he was making a pass at me.  Oh well. 

But anyway, as soon as Azarin's book comes out I'm going to read it from cover to cover.

bajenaghe naghi

Azarin Jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

Congratulations to a rising star.

May we see many many more books written by you in the future.


Congrats Azarin!

by Parham on

Way to go!

Jeesh Daram

Nice smiles

by Jeesh Daram on

It seems everyone had a great time. Congratulations, and many more literary works to follow. Also it's great to have a friend like Nazi to join the celebration.

Azadeh Azad

Congratulations, dear Azarin

by Azadeh Azad on

Well done, Azarin! You have a unique style that is impactful and pleasing. Keep up the wonderful work! Also, the ambiance of this celebration seems to have been so very cozy. My favourite pictures of you are  44 & 45. And before I forget, I definitely want a signed copy of your first novel :-).

Thank you Nazy, Majid and MPD for these interesting photos.



Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks for the lovely photo essay. Wish I was there. I'm more proud than all of you combined.

Don't stop Azarin!



by Majid on




That's the only direction you're going from here, UP

Shoot for the stars now.


The icing on the cake of that night was enjoying Farhang's playing "se taar" @ their home, which was no surprise after learning he came from a very talented and famous family!

God is no najjaar but can match door and window real good.....LOL 


Anahid Hojjati

Dear Nazy,thanks for the pictures and Congrats again Azarin jan.

by Anahid Hojjati on

It looks like it was a great event. I wish I were there. Thanks Nazy jan for sharing the pictures and best wishes to Azarin.


Best wishes

by SamSamIIII on


who better than Azarin. intelligent , unique in a style of her own & not a victim to trend.

 many cheers & well deserved!!!



Path of Kiaan Resurrection of True Iran Hoisting Drafshe Kaviaan //iranianidentity.blogspot.com //www.youtube.com/user/samsamsia


congrads - I hope this is the start of a successful road for you

by MM on




by divaneh on

Looks like you guys had a very good time. Good luck with the novel Azarin jaan.

Dirty Angel

Thank you so much, Nazy Kaviani

by Dirty Angel on

photos 28,32, 44 and 46 explain so much.

"If they chew you up, they still have to spit you out "


Azarin jan, Tabreekaat!

by Monda on

Looks like a Wonderful event. I am looking forward to reading your work.

Thank you Nazy, Majid and MPD for sharing your memories of Azarin's celebration and your special time in vestvood and Beverly Hills.