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Please join us live at 7 PM EST 6/24/2012 for a talk with Rasoul Shams, translator of Rumi: The Art of Loving. We're delighted to announce, as well, that Rasoul will be reading from the poetry in both English and Persian.
Rasoul first learned of Rumi’s poems in his Persian classes as a young boy growing up in Iran,and now the works of Rumi and other Persian poets have been his spiritual companions for over three decades. Having lived and studied in Iran, India, Japan and the USA, Rasoul's life and education are rooted in a multi-cultural, multi-language matrix.
Rasoul founded the Rumi Poetry Club in 2007 (on the 800th anniversary of Rumi’s birth). Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the club celebrates the poetry of East and West through its monthly meetings, annual gatherings, website, and publications.
As well, Rasoul has published a number of essays in such magazines as The World and I, Interrelgious Insight, Pure Inspiration, Light of Consciousness, Kyoto Journal, The Himalayan Journal, Mandala, Persian Heritage, Sufi, and the Rumi Review. He is currently working on another anthology of Rumi’s poetry.
Rumi, a renowned Persian mystic poet of the thirteenth century, is currently one of the most widely-read poets in North America and Europe – thanks to the free-verse translations of his works that have made this poet’s voice and vision accessible to our generation.