Sareh Farmand was born in Tehran at the start of the Islamic Revolution. Her family fled to Canada as part of the first wave of Iranian immigrants to Canada. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and a B.Ed., both from University of British Columbia. She graduated from Simon Fraser University’s The Writing Studio in 2018. Farmand lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Mixed format (Poetry and Prose)
Pistachios in My Pocket
Winnipeg: At Bay Press, 2022.
forthcoming Oct 2022.
Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)
Poet Sareh Farmand was born in Tehran at the start of the Islamic Revolution. In this brave first collection of poems and prose a narrative arc details her family’s escape from Iran, detailing their time as immigrants in limbo, and finally, as Landed Immigrants in Canada. Using family anecdotes, memory, public documents, and images to outline her family’s story, Pistachios in my Pocket moves from the personal to the universal by exploring the influences of migration, political strife, and cultural identity on humanity. Here is a new voice to the conversation on global citizenship and multiculturalism, as themes of loss, home, and belonging are explored in a new way through a wide socio-political lens and personal accounts of a family’s unique, yet universal experiences. Ultimately, bringing forward the many ways immigrants are haunted after fleeing for safety and what it means to be Canadian.
Publisher At Bay Press