Joobin Bekhard

Joobin Bekhrad (BBA, MSc.) is the founder and Editor of REORIENT, a publication celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture. He has contributed to such publications as the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Christie's, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia, Canvas, and Songlines, seen his articles translated into Arabic, Italian, and Norwegian, among other languages, and interviewed personalities including Parviz Tanavoli, Ziad Doueiri, Mohammad Rasoulof, Joana Hadjithomas, and Khalil Joreige. Writing about visual art, literature, music, and film, many of his articles focus on themes such as rock and roll, Orientalism, and the experience of being caught between two cultures. Joobin is also the author of a new translation of Omar Khayyam's poems from Persian into English. He is currently based in Toronto, Canada.