Fereshteh Molavi, an Iranian-Canadian writer, published her first novel, The House of Cloud and Wind, and a collection of short stories, The Sun Fairy & Other Stories, in Iran in early1990s. Listen to the Reed, a chapbook published by PEN Canada in 2005, is based on her dialogue with Karen Connelly, a Canadian writer.
From the very start, my relationship with writing has been difficult, convoluted, involuntary, and unavoidable. Such was not the case with reading, which always has been generously open to me as a garden promising a pleasant promenade whenever I wanted it. Neither demanding nor dominant, reading gives me a comfort zone, whereas writing challenges me constantly whether or not I’m ready. But, despite their contradictory functions in my life, writing and reading are interwoven and inseparable.