Lailee Bakhtiar

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Lailee McNair Bakhtiar formerly Lailee van Dillen, (maiden name Lailee McNair) is an American writer.

Her latest poetry book, City Dock Poetry (2014), followed her nonfiction book Afghanistan's Blue Treasure Lapis Lazuli (2011) and her latest novel, They Shake the Desert Sands (2010). Former host of "Authors and Critics", (as Lailee Bakhtiar van Dillen) a television series on PBS, Bakhtiar was born in Washington, D.C. She spoke at The Gulf and The Globe Conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.[1] She was invited to speak at the United Nations in New York at the UNESCO conference in 2000, on her month-long camping expedition to the Zagros Mountains in October 2000.[2]

In October 2000 she went to Iran to camp with the Bakhtiar tribe for one month in the Zagros Mountains. She pitched tents, slept under the nomadic sky, and woke to the sounds of the sheep, donkeys and horses on the plateau. The themes of East and West remain inspirations for her poetry, short stories and novels.[3]


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  2. ^ February 25, 2000 "Making It Happen: Women and the Culture of Peace" (UNESCO/World Peace)
  3. ^ [1] The Iranian, April 1998

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