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 www.RoyaHakakian.com.
""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.""