OUT Magazine profiled Abdi Nazemian as someone you "Need To Know." To read their interview with Abdi, click here or read below. For Abdi Nazemian, being included in the Debut LGBT Fiction category at the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, held at Cooper Union earlier this month, was reason enough to jet across the country. But, surprising himself the literary newcomer took home the Lammy for The Walk-In Closet, a novel about the gay Iranian-American experience. We spoke with Nazemian about the book, his win, and what he hopes will come from it. Out: Could you talk a little bit about your background? Abdi Nazemian: I was born in Iran. My family left when I was two years old, around the time of the Revolution , and we moved around a lot—we were in France for five years, then Canada for three, and then settled in the New York area.
I am thrilled to announce that my short film "Revolution," about an Iranian boy's coming-of-age, is now available on YouTube and Vimeo thanks to the FramelineVoices project. Hope you enjoy it. It was very much a labor of love. The film stars Mojean Aria, Busy Philipps, Sheila Vosough, David Diaan, and Zach Cumer. The original score was composed by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij.