Dena Rod is a writer, editor, and poet based in the Bay Area. A graduate of San Francisco State University, they have a Master’s Degree in English Literature. They are currently the managing editor at Argot Literary Magazine. Through creative nonfiction essays and poetry, Dena works to illuminate their diasporic experiences of Iranian American heritage and queer identity, combatting negative stereotypes of their intersecting identities in the mainstream media.
In Memory Of
Clarion Alley Mural of Simin Daneshvar, Simin Behbahani, and Forough Farrokhzad by Shaghayegh Cyrous and Keyvan Shovir. I look up to these women, my Iranian literary foremothers, who wrote amidst confining expectations for their gender, spilled blood, and revolution. They have written the bedrock of which I hope to do justice to in my own work.
The Extraordinary Longevity Of Ordinary Objects
“You've found these formerly owned possessions before in your local thrift store, on the sidewalk, and in your home. We define ourselves by material, what we wear, and how they are signifiers of our identities,, rather than by our actions and what we say. I recall reading "If you're holding onto something out of guilt, get rid of it." There was so much guilt in all the possessions I held onto. The potential of what I could be, who I would be held in the promise of smaller sized clothing, clothes I made for myself that ended up being unwearable, and the things my mother purchased for me, forming me into her ideal image of a daughter. I tried to purge myself of these as I moved to Berkeley, to shed an old skin, so I could grow a new one, tender under the sun.”