I met Micheal, the instructor for the English as a second language at the community college system in Houston, Texas. After he returned my essay I read: "Real nice, you got me in tears again. Now I see why you need your own room to cry in."
Today, I do not need a room to cry in. After wrote my story A Prison Story Iran, by God's grace, I can laugh again.
I was born and raised in Iran and became interested in art at early age. I became involved with religion and politics when I was 19. I joined the movement against the Shah and participated in the 1979 revolution in Iran for more than two years. Two and a half years after the revolution I was arrested by the Islamic regime for distributing pro-democracy newspapers in the streets of Tehran. After I spent five years in political prisons, I wasn’t allowed to leave the country for eight years.
Before immigrating to the United States in 1994, I studied art at the Art University in Tehran and published a few short stories for children. Since living in America, I have exhibited my paintings at universities in Canada, Sweden, England, and the United States and received my MFA in art from the California State University of Long Beach.
In 2006, I won Golden "Remi" award at the 40th Annual Houston International Film Festival for my historical short film In the Grave that dealt with my political prison experience.
In 2007, I began to document my prison experiences in the form of narration literature. In 2016 I published my memoir on Amazon. I feel I have no secret to keep as I shared them with the world in the form of a book. Publishing is freedom from another prison, I believe.
The worshipers of the Most Gracious are those who tread the earth gently, and when the ignorant speak to them, they only utter peace. [Quran, 25:63]