OCTOBER 19, 2015

Litcrawl, "New Voices, New Visions for Iranian-American Writing." Carousel Consignment, 2391 Mission St., SF          7:15-8:15 p.m. (Free)

OCTOBER 14, 2015

University of San Francisco, MFA Faculty Fall Reading Series, 251 McLaren Hall, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 11, 2015

Litquake San Rafael. Art Works Gallery, 1337 4th Street. 1:45-2:45 p.m. (Free)


Memoir Workshop at Book Passage, 6-8 p.m. Monday nights.  Please visit for details.


Barbara Deming Grant for Creative Nonfiction 

MARCH 15, 2014

Reading: Special Persian New Year Celebration featuring fellow TREMORS contributors, 4:00 p.m., Book Passage, Corte Madera

APRIL 11-12, 2014

Panel Discussion: Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, San Jose State University

APRIL 5, 2014

Writing Workshop: Writing Your Memoir, 1-12 p.m., The Branson School, Ross

MAY 3, 2014

Writing Workshop: Writing Your Memoir, 2-5 p.m., Book Passage, Corte Madera

JUNE 8, 2014

Writing Workshop: A Full-Day Memoir Workshop, 10-4 p.m., Book Passage, Corte Madera



Reading, O'Hanlon Center, Mill Valley, CA

Writing Workshop, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, Sept. 11-Oct. 9


Reading, "Iran as Muse: A Reading of Love and Pomegranates" with editor Meghan Sayres and contributing poets and writers. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose State  University, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.

Reading, Litquake: "Off the Richter Scale." Hotel Rex, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 13

Reading, University of Colorado at Denver, Oct. 24


Reading, Why There Are Words Literary Salon, Sausalito, CA, November 14, 7 p.m.

APRIL 2013

Invited Lecture, "To Write a Country: Home, Family, and the Art of Remembrance in the Iranian Diaspora," Stanford University, Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies 

Talk, "The Art of Discontinuity: Time and Memory in Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad," Washington and Lee University, Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar with Jennifer Egan

MARCH 2013

An excerpt from Jasmin's novel-in-progress published in Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian Americans, edited by Persis Karim and Anita Amirrezvani 


Award, "Rising Star" Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Moderator and Organizer, Fifth Annual IAAB International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, UCLA, Oct. 2012

Talk, "Of Iran, America, and the Writing In Between: Memoir and the Creation of an Iranian Diasporic Identity," University of Virginia Symposium, “Alternative Biographies in the Middle East and South Asia: The Porous Boundaries of a Genre"


Jasmin's essay "California Dreams, Iranian Decor" featured in the New York Times



Virginia Festival of the Book, March 2012

Sweet Briar College, March 2012

Commonwealth Club of Richmond, March 2012

Middle Eastern Studies Conference, Dec. 2011

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Nov. 2011

Princeton Club, Nov. 2011

Left Coast Writers' Literary Salon, Nov. 2011

2011 Words Alive Annual Luncheon, Nov. 2011

Mill Valley Public Library

Fifth Annual Seattle Iranian Festival, June 2011

Richmond Junior League 66th Annual Dinner, May 2011

International Women's Day Festival, March 2011

University of Virginia, March 2011

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, March 2011

AWP Annual Conference, Feb. 2011

MLA Convention, Jan. 2011

Book Passage, Feb. 2011

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Aug. 2011

Tiburon Public Library

The Branson School

Asian American Writers’ Workshop, May 2011

Virginia Festival of the Book, March 2011

Princeton University, Feb. 2011

Labyrinth Books, Feb. 2011

Over the Moon Bookstore, March 2011

2011 AWP Convention

Politics and Prose, Feb. 2011

Long Island Public Library

Book Soup

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Irvine


San Jose Center for Literary Arts

A Great Good Place for Books

Books Inc.

University of California, Berkeley

Pegasus Books

Capitola Book Cafe

Washington and Lee University

Barnes and Noble, Charlottesville

San Francisco Public Library

                                           At Book Soup in Los Angeles

Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury, Vermont

Book Passage, Corte Madera, California


UCLA, IAAB International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora, October 13-14, 2012