About the Team

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Niloufar Talebi is a writer, theater artist and award-winning translator. She is the Editor and Translator of BELONGING: New Poetry By Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, July 2008), and the creator of multimedia projects, Midnight Approaches, a DVD of short films based on new Iranian poetry, as well as “Four Springs” and ICARUS/RISE, multimedia theatrical pieces also based on new Iranian poetry, and The Persian Rite of Spring: story of Norouz for the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. She is the author of Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels), a libretto for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, and Meet the Composer, which world-premiered on March 29, 2011 at Carnegie Hall before its West coast premiere at Cal Performances on April 3, 2011. An expanded and stated version of Fire Angels will premiere at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2013. She is currently writing Epiphany, A Requiem Mass, which will have its world-premiere at the Polish Biennale in September 2012, and its American Premiere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in in 2013.

Niloufar is the recipient of translation prizes from the International Center for Writing and Translation (2004), the American Literary Translators Association (2005), the PEN/New York State Council on the Arts (2006) and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize (2006). She is a member of ALTA and PEN American Center. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine, and an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, and studied theater with Jean Shelton and Cyril Clayton. She has presented at numerous venues including the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in NYC, The New School, The National Arts Club, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Asia Society, the New York Public Library, City University of New York, Philoctetes Center for the Imagination, California Institute of Integral Studies, Universities of California at Berkeley, Irvine and Los Angeles, California College of the Arts, Yale University, Queens College, CAL Arts, Brattleboro Festival, Neustadt Festival of International Literature (where she nominated Shahriar Mandanipour for the Neustadt prize in literature), Theater Artaud, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Actor’s Theater and Intersection for the Arts. She was adjunct faculty at CUNY Hunter in 2011. Visit her at niloufartalebi.com

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Holly Million has been a professional fundraiser, serving nonprofit organizations and independent filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area for fifteen years. Experienced in meeting $1 million+ fundraising goals, Holly has worked for such organizations as Interplast, SFJAZZ, KTEH Public Television, Goodwill, Amnesty International, Acterra, and GirlSource. In 1997, Holly secured funding for the Academy Award-winning film, A Story of Healing, and today she continues to raise money for independent film and television programs. In addition, Holly is the author of Fear-Free Fundraising: How to Ask People for Money, a book that shows how to ask individual donors for contributions. A busy consultant, Holly travels around the country leading fundraising workshops. She has a BA from Harvard and an MA from Stanford.

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The Quakers have a saying: Let your life speak. When this shard of wisdom is applied to PR, it becomes, Let the story speak. Liam Passmore and his company, Shave and a Haircut, specialize in public relations for arts organizations, authors, artists and others who have a story worth telling. His press placements include Dwell Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, 7×7 Magazine, The Onion, USA Today, ARTnews, KCBS, KFOG, KQED, KGO, as well as ABC’s View from the Bay and Spark. Clients include the International Museum of Women, Litquake, ODC, author K.M. Soehnlein, Remix Magazine, the TEC Awards … and of course The Translation Project. He plays lots of tennis.

Board of Directors

Ram Devineni – Rattapallax
Elz Cuya – Full Circle Education
Niloufar Talebi – Translation Project

Advisory Committee has included:

Caron Atlas – Art and Social Change consultant
Roshanak Bigonah – Poet, Editor
Mark Eisner – Wirter, Filmmaker, Editor, The Essential Neruda
DW Gibson – Ledig House International Writer’s Residency, Director
Richard Jeffrey Newman – Poet, Translator, Educator
Joshua Robison – San Francisco Symphony, MTT Inc. General Manager
Ahsha Safai – SF Mayor’s Office of Community Dev., Deputy Director
Sharlyn Sawyer – Afsaneh Art and Culture Society
Olivia Sears – Center for Art in Translation, Founder and Board President
Ken Wilson – Christensen Fund, Executive Director
Laurel Winzler – SF Business owner

Editorial Committee has included:

Dr. Nahid Mozaffari – Editor: PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature
Ramin Sarraf – Linguist, Professor of Persian language and culture