In My Voice
portrait of Farzaneh Khojandi

Farzaneh Khojandi

Born in the remote Khojand province of Tajikistan in 1964, Farzaneh Khojandi is widely regarded as the most exciting woman poet writing in Persian (Farsi, Tajik) today and has a huge following in Iran and Afghanistan as well as in Tajikistan, where she is simply regarded as the country's foremost living writer. Her frequently playful and witty poetry draws on the rich tradition of Persian literature in an often subversive and humorous way.

Poems by Farzaneh Khojandi


  • Farzaneh Khojandi and her translator, Narguess Farzad, during the interval of the Gala Raadings at the British Library.
  • Farzaneh Khojandi at the British Library.
  • Farzaneh Khojandi on her way to Cardiff.
  • Farzaneh Khojandi reading at the WPT launch party.
  • Our reception at the House of Lords was held in the Atlee Room. Here, four international poets - Farzaneh Khojandi, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye' and Corsino Fortes - pose beneath a portrait of Clement Atlee, the man who brought you the National Health Service.
  • Jo Shapcott, Narguess Farzad and Farzaneh Khojandi at the British Library.
  • Jo Shapcott, Narguess Farzad and Farzaneh Khojandi backstage at the British Library.
  • Narguess Farzad (from Iran: Farsi), Farzaneh Khojandi (from Tajikistan: Tajik) and Yama Yari (from Afghanistan: Dari) all speak the same language (with local variations): Persian.
  • Sarah Maguire, Farzaneh Khojandi and Arzadash at the tour launch party in the October Gallery.
  • It was wonderful to have this very special and unique opportunity to get all the international and British poets together in one place at our Gala Readings at the British Library. Back row: W.N. Herbert, Jo Shapcott, Farzaneh Khojandi, Lavinia Greenlaw, Mimi Khalvati and Sean O'Brien.Front row: Sarah Maguire, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi and Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye'.