Dr. Nilofar Shidmehr

RPL’s 27th Writer in Residence: Dr. Nilofar Shidmehr

Dr. Nilofar Shidmehr is RPL’s 2015-16 Writer in Residence.

Nilofar is an arts-based research scholar, a specialist in Iranian literature and cinema, a writer and a poet. She comes to RPL from her home base in Vancouver, B.C., where she has been an instructor at Simon Fraser University, and has taught courses on individual and collective life writing. She is a B.C. Book Prize nominee with four books of poetry, several works of short fiction, and literary translations of English works into Farsi, her mother tongue.

During her time in Regina, Nilofar will be working on a collection of short stories that recount the lives of Iranian women living in Iran and Canada. She will devote a large portion of her time to working on this and other personal writing projects.

The remainder of Nilofar’s time will focus on providing workshops and sessions for Regina writers and aspiring writers, with a specific focus on life writing in forms of poetry, narrative, and literary translation.

Nilofar will be the 27th Writer in Residence since RPL became the first public library in Canada to offer the program in 1978.

Learn more about the Regina Public Library’s Writer in Residence Program.