Shabnam Piryaei is the author of ODE TO FRAGILE (Plain View Press, 2010), FORWARD (MUSEUM Books, 2014), and NOTHING IS WASTED (forthcoming). She has been awarded the Poets & Writers Amy Award, the Transport of the Aim Poetry Prize, the Brain Mill Press Editors’ Choice, the Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Grant and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Grant.

Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published (or is forthcoming) in journals and anthologies including Poets & Writers Magazine, The Awl, MUSEUM, Unsaid, Commonthought Magazine, The Florida Review, Flashquake, The Furnace Review, “Mapping Me: A Landscape of Women’s Stories” (Maymuna Productions), “WOC Anthology: Boundaries & Borders,” and “Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America” (Black Lawrence Press).

Her play “A Time to Speak” was staged at the MAD Theatre Festival in the United Kingdom. She has also written for the Global Post and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has written and directed three award-winning films that have screened in the U.S. at numerous film festivals.