Elaheh immigrated to the U.S. when she was 11 years-old, leaving behind her birth country Iran. Upon leaving, she was heartbroken, nostalgic, angry, and confused. The feelings grew stronger as she struggled to assimilate to her new home, leaving her to battle a depression that brought her down for years to come. She found writing as an outlet to express her emotions. She obsessively delved into the topic of nostalgia and all the things she missed about Iran.
Today, Elaheh strives to live a creative life by bringing people together through art. In 2016, she founded Immigrants & Exile: Stories of Nostalgia & Longing. This series began as a need to create an atmosphere in which artists have a space to share their feelings of nostalgia, longing, and exile. Immigrant or not, on a human level, we have all experienced one or all of these feelings. On a human level, we feel emotions that inspire us to create, to write, to sing, to paint.
Check out Elaheh’s collection of poems, available on Amazon.
Illustration & design by Jill Krieger