Persia Poetry & Tea


21st March’21 is both the World Poetry Day as well as Nowruz, the Persian New Year. This Sunday at The Moon, we have put together a magical afternoon for you to experience some culture, immerse in some poetry and sip some great Persian flavoured tea. In an exclusive and intimate gathering, we will listen to poets share their own work, hear their own love for poetry, and connect over this sublime written form.

Our first guest for the evening is Zara Houshmand, who has recently published the book, Moon and Sun, a translation of Rumi’s Poetry. Zara is also Persian herself and will share with us some nuances of the festival and the cultural significance of it.

Our special second guest, Nandini Sen Mehra, will be launching her latest book, Whorls Within, a collection of one hundred poems. Nandini will share her unique journey as a poet, read some of her works and also be present to sign some of her copies!

The event flow:
2PM event kick off
2:10PM to 2:40PM - A talk with Zara
2:45PM to 3:15PM - Talking to Nandini
3:30 PM to 4:00PM - Books, conversations and closing.

The event is free to attend, but seats are limited and available only on a first come first serve basis. So don’t forget to register become you join us!

More about our guests

Zara Houshmand is an Iranian American writer whose work bridges cultural divides and includes poetry, theatre, memoir, and literary translation. She was one of the pioneers in the use of virtual reality as an art form, and she worked with the Mind & Life Institute for two decades on books representing the Dalai Lama’s dialogues with Western scientists. Her collaborative writing includes A Mirror Garden, co-authored with Monir Farmanfarmaian (Knopf, 2007) and Running Toward Mystery, with the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi (Random House, 2020). Her most recent book is Moon and Sun (2020), translations of Rumi’s rubaiyat.

Nandini Sen Mehra is a Singapore-based poet and writer with an abiding curiosity about the human condition, the natural world, and the underlying interconnectedness of all things. As a busy mother of two, and with her work in communications, she says she often scribbles her poetry into the margins of her day. Her debut book of poetry Whorls Within explores her journey into matters of the heart, mind and spirit. Her favourite activity in Singapore is to disappear into the many walking trails and natural reserves that dot the city.