Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. Her debut documentary film “900 Women” aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has worked as a director, producer, and cinematographer of documentary films since 1999. Her fiction and non-fiction can be found in the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun, and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story “Wanderlust.” She lives in Northern California.


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