Niloofar Fanaiyan is a writer and poet who has lived in the U.S., Australia, the Netherlands, Tanzania and Israel. She was the 2016 Donald Horne Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra, where she obtained her PhD. She received the Canberra Critics Circle Literary Award for Poetry for her book of poems titled Transit (RWP, 2016).
Niloofar Fanaiyan’s new book of poetry is a subtle, observant and gentle collection of poems that capture Fanaiyan’s unique voice, a voice searching for connections in and through all things, to find their dignified and respectful centre.
This first book of poetry by Niloofar Fanaiyan is about transit as both a physical and conceptual suspension of time and space. It touches on the intersections of people, place, culture and history experienced by travellers: the feeling of being stuck on the periphery while life continues elsewhere; and the possibilities inherent in every journey.