Interview with Esmail Nooriala

Esmail Nooriala is a Persian poet and political activist based in Denver, Colorado. He was one of nine founders of the Association of Iranian Writers. He has worked with a range of literary magazines and publications, including "Bamshad", "Negin" ("Gemstone"), "Jazveh-e Sher" ("Poetry Pamphlet"), and others. He has also published a number of books, such as "Rooms with Closed Doors," "With the People of the Night," "The Forbidden Country," and "Theories of Poetry." He is one of the founders of the Cultural Association of Researcher, as well as a member of the collaborative council of the Network of Green Secularists.

What Tavaana Students Have to Say

As an Iranian citizen, I might never have even thought about civic institutions if it wasn't for this course. As of now, there is no group in Iran doing this kind of work for us. I give my utmost thanks to you and all of the Tavaana staff.  I hope you offer a greater variety of courses, because our people desperately need it.
- Azar, Iranian Civil Society course graduate

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