Join us Sept. 9 for our Reading Series at Verlaine!

Kundiman & Verlaine present
a night of poetry & libation with  

Sara Goudarzi, Sahar Muradi,
& Richard Jeffrey Newman

Sunday, Sept. 9
Reading begins at 5 pm
Open Bar, 4 - 5 pm
$5 suggested donation

110 Rivington Street
b/w Ludlow & Essex Sts.
[ directions: F to Delancey or V to 2nd Ave. ]

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Readers' Bios

Sara Goudarzi is a New York City writer and performer of poetry. She was born in Tehran and grew up in Iran, Kenya, and the U.S. Her work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, National Geographic News, The Christian Science Monitor, and Drunken Boat, among others. She is the founder and co-editor of /One/ The Journal of Literature, Art and Ideas. Sara teaches writing at NYU and is working on a first novel.

Sahar Muradi is a NY-based writer and performer originally from Kabul, Afghanistan. She is co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press, 2010) and co-founder of the Afghan American Artists & Writers Association.  She was a 2010-2011 Open City Organizing Fellow with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Sahar’s writing has been featured on public radio and published in dOCUMENTA, phati’tude, Green Mountains Review, and HOW2 Journal. Her recent theater credits include performing in a devised production of “Masque of the Red Death” (HiveMind Theatre) and in a tour of “Undocumented” (Unboxed Voices), as well as helping to establish an all-women’s theater group in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Sahar has an MPA in international development from New York University and a BA in literature and creative writing from Hampshire College.

Richard Jeffrey Newman is the author of The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of poetry, and three books of translations from classical Persian literature: Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan, Selections from Saadi’s Bustan (Global Scholarly Press 2004 and 2006) and, most recently, The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh. He is Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. His website is


Kundiman is dedicated to the creation, cultivation and promotion of Asian American poetry.