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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.




Farideh Goldin

Farideh Goldin was born in 1953 in Shiraz, Iran, to a family of dayanim, judges, and leaders of the Jewish community. She studied English literature at Pahlavi University and earned an MA (humanities) and MFA (creative nonfiction) from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia. Her first book, Wedding Song, concerns her struggle to reconcile her Western education with her deeply rooted Iranian Jewish upbringing. A forthcoming volume, Burying Yehetzkel, chronicles her life as a new immigrant to the United States and her father’s struggle to leave Iran and rejoin the family in Israel. She teaches literature and is the director of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University.

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