About

Allia (A.E.) Sadeghipour

Background

Allia (A.E.) Sadeghipour is a Queer Iranian-American Surrealist, humanist, writer, teacher, punk&poet. She is the President of the Women* Writing Berlin Lab (WWBL) and taught workshops for GLADT and Feminist film organizations. Most recently, her work has been featured in: The Bear: Favorite Storyteller (2018 & 2020), KCRW and the Goethe Institute (2018 & 2020), What’s Afghan Punk Rock Anyway?! (2019), The Ghosts of Berlin: Der Geister von Berlin (2019), Literarische Diverse (2019), Teach the Rainbow: Insights from LGBTeachers about Queer Visibility (2020), and much more. She has had the honor of performing for Pop-Kultur, GLADT, Wicked, Nightschool Berlin, Viva Con Aqua, the IDP Collective, Media for Change, Refuge Worldwide, and the Iranian Re(connect) Festival. By sharing her narratives and perspectives, she hopes to reach out to the world and introduce them to hers.

Education

MASTERS IN LITERATURE AND WRITING STUDIES
2012-2014

California State University San Marcos, California, U. S. A.

SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL IN ENGLISH
(SB2042 CERTIFIED TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE)
2011-2012

California State University San Marcos, California, U. S. A.

BACHELORS IN ENGLISH
2007-2010

Humboldt State University, California, U. S. A.

Current Professions

President of the Women* Writing Berlin Lab
(2018 – Current)
Women* Writing Berlin Lab (WWBL) is a non-profit organization connecting diverse groups of women with a writing platform and community allowing them to express their voices on a range of topics and life experiences. Your story matters and it needs to be shared. Check out the community here!

English Composition and Language Instructor at Saddleback College, All on Board, & Volkhochschule Mitte
(2015 – Current)
Teach multiple sections of English language courses: English A (all levels), English B (all levels), English C (all levels), Business English, English Language fur Behinderung Menschen, English Language for Academic Writing and Discussion, Conversational English, English for Argumentation and Current Affairs, Theories of Composition, Ethnic Voices and Creative Fiction (physical and online).

Workshops and Community Involvement

“Notes to my (E)ntimate Self” Workshop
(Berlin, Germany, 2021)
Disobedient Circumstance and WWBL

After Corona, we have spent so much time indoors and online that we have become even more disconnected. But as things have started to open back up, we are quick to go out into this glorious Berlin summer, snap photos of adventures, and post online as if we weren’t completely dependent on the thing in our hands: Our E-dentity. The identity that we have formed online. Whether we want to admit it or not, its starting to become a part of us now. In this 2-hour workshop, we will discuss, write, reflect and share our digital selves in an attempt to bring our two halves together.

“Improbable Talks: Identity” Panel Discussion
(Columbia, Germany, & Afghanistan, 2021)
IDP Collective

Founded by independent artists that aim to connect creatives from all around the world through Performance Art. We focus on promoting movement in all of its forms, as artistic expression, freedom of speech and choice, social and political commitment, supporting minorities and building communality. Our main objectives revolve around connecting, manifesting, mobilizing and communalizing, this by the creative prompting to action of artistic and critically reflective practices. 

“Creative Writing: More than Just Fiction” Seminar
(Berlin, Germany, 2020)
Female Filmmaker Festival Berlin and WWBL

The Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin (FFFB) was created to support up and coming female talents from different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities, who have a unique story to tell. Our festival highlights and celebrates women in key, principle positions in filmmaking. Whether it be a producer, director, cinematographer, writer, or lead editor. We are happy to present you a webinar about creative writing in collaboration with the amazing WOMEN* WRITING BERLIN LAB! You got some ideas but don’t quite know how to get started? Let these ladies inspire you with their experience, knowledge and huge passion for writing.


Awards

Winner ELTABBer of the Month 2021
(Germany)
Teaching

Winner of the Bear Favorite Storyteller 2020
(Germany)
Storytelling

Rosa Luxembourg Foundation Feminist Film Festival Teacher 2019
(Ecuador)
Teaching

Winner of the Bear Favorite Storyteller 2018
(Germany)
Storytelling

Winner of the Sherry Debrowski Prize for Best Feminist Multi-Genre Fiction
(U.S.A.)
Prose

Publications

“Processes I: Poon, Beeper, Clitty-Ditty, Vulvina, Vaginas”
Zinefest Koeln 2021
(Germany)
Chapbook Zine

“Teach the Rainbow: Insights from LGBTeachers about Queer Visibility in ELT”
English Language Teachers of Berlin and Brandenburg (ELTABB): Connections 2020
(Germany)
Article

“Crying Space” & “Gnarled and Naked”
Women* Writing Berlin Lab 2020
(Germany)
Poetry

Feel free to reach out and email me for my full CV or more information.