TWUC member Brendan Coyle 's project on the WWII Japanese occupation of Alaska's Kiska Island has been awarded a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum. The author spent two months on the remote island recording signs of the Japanese occupation of June 7, 1942 to July 28, 1943.
Farideh was born in Tehran, Iran and received her BA in Drama, Dramatic Literature and Play-writing from the Art University in Tehran. In 1994, while studying for her MA through the Scriptwriting and Film-Making program, she began to write poetry and short stories for children and adults. Her first children's book, The Dream of the Finch, (Arezoye Sehreh) was recognized as one of the best children's books of 1994 by the Iranian Council of Children's Book (Shoraye Ketabe Koodak). Farideh's short stories have been published in various literary magazines and translated into several languages including Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Kurdish and Turkish. She immigrated to Canada in the winter of 2003. Farideh lives in Vancouver and currently attends university in BC.