Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Artistic Director of Mahak International Artists Inc. (MIA) and President and Artistic Director of Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) <www.CinemaInvisible.Com> is a poet, author, translator, and theatre and film artist who has created over 60 stage and screen productions in the United States, Europe and his native Iran. His plays and films have received recognitions and awards at such festivals as Edinburgh, Montreal, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale and Tehran, including Best Director, 1979; Outstanding Foreign Film, 1995; Critics’ Choice, 1999; and Critics’ Pick, 2007.
A recipient of 2005 Raymond Kennedy and 2009 Fulbright awards, Mahmood has authored seven plays (The Little Black Fish, Me & My Mirror, Gilgamesh Con/Quest [with Ralph Blasting], The Survivals, Selection From Rumi’s Mathnavi [with Joe Martin], Iphigenia: A Contemporary Event [with Michael Sham], and Seven Stages. His publications include two books of poetry (Pebbles of Solitude, 1991 and Rocks of Desire, 2000), two translations into Persian (shive-ye fani-ye namayeshnameh khani 1995 and roya-ye shabe nimeh-ye tabestan, 1999) and three translations [with Bill Wolak] into English (Your Lover’s Beloved: 51 Ghazals by Hafez, 2009, Love Emergencies, 2011, and Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry of Iraj Mirza, 2014), as well as numerous articles and interviews in both English and Persian.
Professor Karimi-Hakak has taught at Rutgers University, City University of New York, Southern Methodist University, and Towson University in the United States, as well as universities in Belgium, Holland and his native Iran. At present he serves as Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College in upstate New York. www.MahmoodKarimiHakak.Org