Jasmin Darznik

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Jasmin Darznik is the author of two books, the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life and the novel Song of a Captive Bird, a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice” book. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in seventeen countries.

Calling it both “elegantly written” and “superbly dramatized,” The New York Times described Song of a Captive Bird as acomplex and beautiful rendering of [a] vanished country and its scattered people; a reminder of the power and purpose of art; and an ode to female creativity under a patriarchy that repeatedly tries to snuff it out.” The book received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal. “A thrilling and provocative portrait of a powerful woman set against a sweeping panorama of Iranian history,” Kirkus Reviews wrote of the novel. Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow, described it as written with the urgent tenderness of a love letter,adding, this soaring novel is a heart-breaker and heart-mender at once—a gorgeous tribute to the brave and brilliant poet remembered in its pages.”

Darznik’s first book, The Good Daughter, is a multi-generational family memoir inspired by the discovery of a decades-long family secret. The Good Daughter garnered numerous distinctions and prizes, including those from the William Saroyan International Prize and the Library of Virginia.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Darznik moved to America with her family at the time of the Iranian Revolution. She attended the Bennington Writing Seminars, where she was a Liam Rector Scholar, and she received her Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington PostLos Angeles Times, and others. Her essay “The Summer I Disappeared,” about how culture, immigration, and sexuality intersect, appeared on Shondaland and will be published in a forthcoming anthology. Darznik also contributed to the anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers

She has been the recipient of fellowships and honors from the Center for Fiction, Steinbeck Center, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and Corporation of Yaddo. Prior to joining the MFA in Writing and Writing and Literature programs at CCA, she taught at the University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, and the University of San Francisco. She is at work on her third book, a novel set in 1920s San Francisco.

For more information about Jasmin Darznik, please visit www.jasmin-darznik.com.


Assistant Professor, Writing and Literature
Assistant Professor, Writing


BA, University of California, Los Angeles; JD, University of California, Hastings; MFA, Bennington College; PhD, Princeton University

Website: www.jasmin-darznik.com