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A native of Shiraz, Aria Fani is a Ph.D. student in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California in Berkeley. He studies and writes about Persian poetry and its interplay with other literary cultures. His essays and literary translations appear regularly in Peyk, San Diego Persian Cultural Center’s bilingual publication. His writings have also been featured in Ajam Media Collective, PBS Tehran Bureau, The Huffington Post, Reorient, and Jadaliyya.