The Norwegian ICORN city of Lillehammer welcomed Iranian poet, writer and blogger Nama Jafari as its third guest writer on 2. September 2014.
Nama Jafari is a 31-year-old Iranian poet, writer and blogger. He has been editor in chief of the online magazine Sepanj, “the voice of independent literature of Iran” since November 2007, where he has published many works of the dissidents who do not write in the framework of the magazines and newspapers related to the Islamic Republic regime of Iran.
His first poetry book, I am the funny son of Picasso, was one of the first books that was banned from being republished during Mahmood Ahmadinejad’s presidential period. Most of his books were banned from publication by the Islamic Republic regime of Iran, including the titles Freedom is the name of a girl with coloured hair, French kiss me (a collection of poems) and Ayatollah Lapat (a novel based on documents of sexual assault of prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s prisons).
Nama Jafari secretly published Assemblage in solitary confinement, a collection of protest poems and manuscripts after the 10th presidential election in Iran, in August 2010. The book was later republished by Ketab Corp in 2011. A collection of his poems has also been published secretly as an audiobook titled Breaking down the wound’s corpse.
Nama Jafari believes that each and every individual should have the right of freedom of speech and beliefs. This right requires that no one should be afraid to have his or her beliefs and everyone should have access to all the possible means to receive and publish information and thoughts without any concern. In this context, Nama has been engaged in a number of anti-censor activities, one of which is leading the site Filternet where he provides software facilities for Iranians to be able to pass filtering, providing them with secure ways to access free information.
Nama was imprisoned twice for his participation in the peaceful mass protests against the results of the 10th presidential election of Iran, where he actively lead the public and articulated slogans. The last time he was threatened by the Islamic Republic regime of Iran in August 2013, he decided to secretly leave the country.
Nama Jafari currently writes for the online magazine Tableau and is also working on writing a novel named The absolute orgasm which is about the sex revolution in Iran.
Nama Jafari is Lillehammer’s third guest writer since the city joined the ICORN network in March 2008.