Dual L.A. Book Launch: Arthur Kayzakian & Rooja Mohassessy

Celebrate new work by Arthur Kayzakian and Rooja Mohassessy along with other recently published writers, Jose Hernandez Diaz and Emily Jon Tobias. The authors will all be reading from their debut and forthcoming collections.

Rooja Mohassessy’s When Your Sky Runs Into Mine centers the dual experience of womanhood and immigration throughout the post-revolutionary Iran of the 1980s. It explores “personal revolution, the turning toward art in times of suffering, the claiming of a rich cultural heritage.” —Ellen Bass author of Indigo


The Book of Redacted Paintings is Arthur Kayzakian’s first full length collection, and incorporates the redacted imagery throughout the narrative arc in which a boy searches for his father’s painting. Through poems ranging in documentary, to visual, to lyrical, Kayzakian confronts how the grief of war and displacement are compounded by the loss of stolen familial objects, beloved items that served as a reminder of the life before.” –—Mai Der Vang, author of Yellow Rain