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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Négar Djavadi

Négar Djavadi was born in Iran in 1969 to a family of intellectuals opposed to the regimes both of the Shah, then of Khomeini. She arrived in France at the age of eleven, having...

Payam Feili

Payam Feili was born in 1985 in Kermanshah, a city in western Iran which was a war front during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. He began writing poetry when he was in his...

Alireza Mahmoudi Iranmehr

Born in 1974, Alireza Mahmoudi Iranmehr is a writer and essayist. His first work of fiction, Let’s Go Revel, was published in 2006. It was followed two years later by Traveling with...

Neda Kavoosifar

Neda Kavoosifar, born in 1971, is a radiation therapist and a graduate of Shiraz University Medical School. She started writing fiction as an occasional pursuit in 1993 and a decade later...

Yasser Norouzi

Born in 1980, Yasser Norouzi started his career as a journalist and writer in 2004. His articles and essays have regularly appeared in major newspapers and magazines and his short stories have...

Noori Ijadi

Noori Ijadi, born in 1960, is a management consultant who in 1982 started a second career as a writer of fiction for children and young adults. Her works include more than ten titles, several of...

Yaghoub Yadali

Yaghoub Yadali, born in 1970, is a writer and television director. His first work of fiction, the short-story collection Sketches in the Garden, was published in 1997. It was followed in 2001 by...

Hossein Mortezaeian Abkenar

Hossein Mortezaeian Abkenar, born in 1966, studied dramatic arts at Tehran University, then taught creative writing at Art University and other independent institutions. He published his first...

Paxima Mojavezi

Paxima Mojavezi, born in 1978, started her career as a journalist in 1995, writing mostly about sociology and literature. Her first book, The Other Side of Sadeq Hedayat’s Coin, an...

Ghazal Mosadeq

Ghazal Mosadeq is an award-winning writer and poet (winner of the Bayhaqi Short Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Khorshid Poetry Prize). Her poems and short stories have been published in...

Mana Neyestani

Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani was born in Tehran. For several years, he worked for the government magazine Iran. His use of an Azeri word for "cockroach" in a children's cartoon...

Soheila Beski

Soheila Beski, born in 1953, in Tehran, has published two collections of short stories in Iran, one of which has won a literary award and the second of which was nominated for the same award....

Elham Eshraghi

Elham Eshraghi was born in the town of Golpayegan, Iran in 1974. She lived with her grandmother until the age of six and retraces her interest in folktales, folk arts, and nature to these years...

Assurbanipal Babilla

Assurbanipal Babilla (1944–2011) was born in Tehran. He was one of three resident directors with the famed Drama Workshop of Tehran from 1973 to 1978, where he staged several of his own...

Shahriar Mandanipour

Shahriar Mandanipour is regarded as one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature. His honors include the 1998 Golden Tablet Award for best fiction in Iran during the...

Granaz Moussavi

Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran in 1974. She received a degree in screen studies from Flinders University in Adelaide and a postgraduate degree in film editing at the Australian Film...

Shams Langeroody

Shams Langeroody is one of the most prominent literary figures of contemporary Iran. He was born in 1951, in Langrood, a costal town edging on the Caspian Sea. Langeroody moved to Rasht, a large...

Sholeh Wolpé

Sholeh Wolpé was born in Iran and has lived in Trinidad, the UK, and the United States. About her poems, the Poetry Foundation writes, “Wolpé’s concise, unflinching,...

Abbas Saffari

Abbas Saffari was born in 1951 in Yazd, Iran, and has lived in the U.S. since 1979. While still in high school in Iran, he wrote lyrics for several popular singers, including Farhad's...

Tirdad Zolghadr

Tirdad Zolghadr was born in California and raised in Iran, England, and Switzerland. He holds a B.A. in history and political science and an M.A. in English and comparative literature, both from...

Goli Taraghi

Goli Taraghi was born in Tehran. She began her writing career with a collection of short stories entitled I Am Che Guevara Too in 1969. Her first novel, Winter Sleep, was published in 1973 and has...

Mohsen Makhmbalaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, born in 1957, was revered as the prototypical "Islamic" artist up until about 1990. He grew up in a conservative Moslem home, became politically active in opposing...

Forugh Farrokhzad

Arguably the most famous woman in the history of Persian literature, Farrokhzad was born in Tehran to a middle-class family of seven children. She married at seventeen and divorced within three...

Sohrab Sepehri

The poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri was born in 1928 in Kashan, Iran. He worked in several government agencies while pursuing his personal interests in poetry and painting. During these years he...

Kader Abdolah

Kader Abdolah (born 1952 in Iran) studied physics in Tehran and was active in the student resistance. He published two novels about life under the Khomeini regime before fleeing his homeland in...

Bijan Mofid

Playwright and director Bijan Mofid is one of the very few serious modern Iranian artists whose writing has reached beyond the intelligentsia to a broad general audience. He was born in Tehran...

Ahmad Shamlou

Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000) is recognized as one of Iran's greatest modern poets, writing in the new mode of expression pioneered by Nima Yushij. Born into a military family, he spent an...

Firouz Nadji-Ghazvini

Firouz Nadji-Ghazvini is a poet, journalist, and essayist living in political exile in Paris, where he works as a press photographer. The son of a military officer, Nadji-Ghazvini grew up in...

Bahram Beyzaii

Bahram Beyzaii was born in Tehran in 1938. He is a director, producer, and screenwriter. In 1968 he was one of the first writers to join the controversial Iranian Writer's Guild (Kanun-e...

Salar Abdoh

Salar Abdoh’s most recent book is Tehran at Twilight. He lives in Tehran and in New York, where he teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program at the City College of New York. Photo...

Nahid Mozaffari

Nahid Mozaffari is currently a visiting associate professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She has previously taught at NYU in New York and Paris...

Behnam Dayani

Behnam Dayani is the author of a collection of short stories, Hitchcock va Agha Baji.
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