Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA programme in fiction. A recipient of two honourable mentions from Glimmer Train, his flash piece ‘Strangers’ was also nominated for The Best Small Fictions. Mir-Yashar’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Unstamatic, Terror House Magazine, Ariel Chart, and 50 Word Stories, among other venues. He lives in Garden Valley, Idaho.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.’ – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: St Petersburg, 1913. I’m fascinated by the pomp and splendour of the Romanovs, in spite of their glaring flaws. It would be interesting to witness their tercentenary, when they celebrated three hundred years of rule and blindly imagined reigning another three hundred.
Q: Who is your personal inspiration?
A: I have many, but Coen Brothers movies are among the most prominent sources of inspiration for me. I envy their ability to convey absurdity, especially in The Big Lebowski. I aim to inject some of that spirit into my work.
Every weekend, David goes to Bavo’s Bar on Luther Street to meet the fellow members of the State Social Justice Network, or ‘Hatebusters’ as they call themselves. They plot and figure out their course of action. They elaborate, pontificate on plans to make the state great and loving again, to beat back the tide of …