Firoozeh Dumas

It’s a brand-new season and Year 4 of Write-minded, and we’re diving headfirst into shame, a feeling that often attacks on the sly, and that seems to show up even in the most innocuous of places. Guest Firoozeh Dumas talks us through shame as a writer, through the lens of culture, and through the lens of humor, too. Plus, we touch upon her story of being an Iranian immigrant writer, and what’s changed—and hasn’t—in the publishing industry since Firoozeh published Funny in Farsi in the early 2000s.


Firoozeh Dumas is an award-winning author and humorist best known for her New York Times bestsellers Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent. Her award-winning middle grade novel, It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel is a favorite among educators. She has also written for the New York Times, and many other publications, and recently finished her first screenplay. Firoozeh travels the world on the lecture circuit reminding us that our commonalities far outweigh our differences.

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