Introduction to 30Voices
 
Art has a profound ability to empower and endow the voiceless with resonance. Art is capable of educating the uninformed and healing the wounded spirit. 30Voices is a non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness about domestic abuse  by establishing a community of experienced and aspiring artists eager to share their candid visions of love, heartbreak and resurrection. 
 
30voices is dedicated to promoting and cultivating the diverse voices of Iranian women through various artistic outlets such as paintings, sculptors, mix media, music, film, performances and literature. By offering workshops, organizing events and developing resources for burgeoning female artists, 30Voices hopes to instill confidence in women and aid in the progression of a healthy and enlightened community. 
 
The significance behind the name 30Voices originates from the Persian mythological creature known as the Si'morgh (30-birds). It is a large winged bird-like creature with a 500- year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young Phoenix is reborn. The Si’morgh is the divine symbol of reincarnation and perseverance. 
 
Likewise, Iranian women all over the world are rising out of the ashes of a revolution that more than thirty years ago robbed them of their civil and human rights. But under the dark shroud of oppression thrives the immortal and outspoken soul of women yearning to be acknowledged and respected. Today, no matter where they are in the world, Iranian women stand together as one, stronger and more determined.

Dora Levy Mossanen

Writer

 
Dora Levy Mossanen was born in  Israel and moved to Iran when she was nine.  At the onset of the Islamic Revolution, her family was forced to leave Iran. They eventually settled in Los Angeles.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California (USC).
Dora is the bestselling author of the widely acclaimed novels Harem, Courtesan, The Last Romanov, and Scent of Butterflies, translated into numerous languages, and is the recipient of the prestigious San Diego Editors’ Choice Award.  She has been featured in various publications and media outlets, including Sh’ma, The Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Radio Iran, Radio Russia, JWT, and numerous television programs. In 2010, Dora was accepted as contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
She writes for the Huffington Post and reviews fiction for the Jewish Journal. Dora’s widely anticipated novel Scent of Butterflies was published in January of 2014 and is now available online and in bookstores!

 

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