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ROYA HAKAKIAN is a former associate producer at CBS's 60 Minutes and a documentary filmmaker. She is the author of two acclaimed volumes of poetry in Persian and a recipient of the 2002-2003 Dewitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fellowship. She lives in Connecticut. Visit her at

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A few outtakes from our interview with Hakakian:

""I came to the United States a maladapted nineteen-year-old, with no English. If I can write a book, so can you.""

""Whenever I hit a dead-end, I give in to my worst fear by ""dislocating"" myself. Traveling to unknown places has always enabled me to break through a writing block, as well as a living block. I don't drink, or smoke, not even casually. A clear mind is a writer's greatest gift.""

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