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Local columnist translates poems of Rumi
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Dr. Leo Parvis, a cultural diversity/global studies professor at Dunwoody Technical College and “Eye on Diversity” columnist for the Chaska Herald, has recently released a book of translated poems by Rumi, a famous poet from Iran.

Rumi, a Persian poet from the 13th century, put his devotion to God and love of friendship in numerous poems. Although Rumi’s poems were originally written in Farsi and are centuries old, they have become very popular in the Western world.

One of Rumi’s lifelong friends was Shams of Tabriz. His feelings of friendship and the loss he felt when Shams disappeared can be seen in many of his poems. It’s Rumi’s great understanding of friendship and love that makes Rumi’s poems as popular as they are today.

Many find Rumi to be a friend, lover, and spiritual guide, which is why Parvis thought it was worth his time to translate some of the lesser known Farsi poems so Rumi’s many fans can enjoy them, according to a press release.

Parvis’ book features the poems in their original Farsi text, alongside the English translations. The poems were translated with Leo’s knowledge and the expertise of his editor, poet Ann Iverson, who also painted the book’s cover art.

Parvis’ translation of Rumi’s poems, “Sweet Messages to Sing” is available at

Along with the book, Parvis and his wife Julie Parvis created a “Rumi Lovers” website, with information about Rumi and his poetry at They also created a “Rumi Lovers” logo and product line at A free membership site will be available soon for Rumi fans.

Leo and Julie Parvis also run and Embrace Publications, creators of the Embrace Diversity logo and product line. They are diversity trainers, authors and publishers of diversity books and materials; and the establishers of National Diversity Day.
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