Zia Torabi and Bob Stanley


April 9, 2022 at 4 PM.

at the Library of Musiclandria
1219 S Street

Bob Stanley has organized poetry events in California for nearly fifty years, and he served as the Poet Laureate of Sacramento County from 2009 to 2012. Bob edited two anthologies of California poets, Late Peaches (2013), and Sometimes in the Open (2009), and he has published three collections of his own work: Walt Whitman Orders a Cheeseburger (2009), Miracle Shine (2013), and Eleven Blue Strings (2015). Retired from teaching at Sac State, Bob lives in Sacramento with his wife, Joyce Hsiao, and together they run online poetry seminars that help support local nonprofits.


Ziaeddin Torabi is a renowned Iranian poet and is the winner of the 2010 Iran Annual Book Prize, the nation’s top honor for writing, for his poetry collection Face to Face with Dreams. Subsequently this book has been translated into English by Parisa Samadi and was published by Ad Lumen Press. He has published more than thirty volumes in different areas including many volumes of poetry, translation, criticism, and reviews. Born in 1944 in Zanjan, Iran, Torabi went on to earn a BA in English Language and Literature from Isfahan University and an MA in Linguistics from Tehran University. He was the head of the Tehran Municipal Literary Center, and he taught Persian literature at the University of Applied Sciences and Technology in Tehran. Some of his poems have appeared in American River Review, Clade Song, Tipton Poetry Journal and Grey Sparrow Journal