Biographies of the contributors

Tahereh Alavi was born in Tehran in 1959. After finishing highschool she began working on children ‘s literature. In 1986 shemoved to France and studied there for six years. During this periodshe translated many books for children and youngsters. After return-ing to Iran she began writing for an older audience. Two collectionsof her short stories have been published: Zan dar Bad [A Woman inthe Wind] and Man va Heidegger [Heidegger and /].

Farkhondeh Aqai was born in Tehran in 1957. She holds an M.A. insociology from Tehran University and a B.A. in management fromAlzahra University. She has published three collections of short sto-ries and one novel, Jensiyat-e Gomshodeh [The Lost Gender, forth-coming]. Aqai’s collection of short stories, Raz-e Kuchak [The Little

Secret] won the Golden Pen prize of Gardun in 1983, and in 1999was selected as one of the best books of the past twenty years.

Shiva Arastuyi was born in Tehran in 1961. She completed her edu-cation in translation studies. She has written literary and film criti-cism articles for several journals in Iran. She has also worked as asocial worker in the war front, as well as teaching creative writing inthe College of Arts in Tehran. She is the author of several worksincluding a novella, U Ra Keh Didam Ziba Shodam [I BecameBeautiful When I Saw Him]; a collection of poems, Gom [Lost]; acollection of short stories, Amadeh Budam Ba Dokhtaram ChayBekhoram [I Came to Have Tea With My Daughter]; and a novel,Noskheh-ye Aval [First Draft].


Azardokht Bahrami was born in Tehran in 1966. She is a graduateof the School of Seda va Sima in puppet theater (1987) and play-wright from Farhangsara-ye Niavaran (1989). She has publishedmost of her stories in literary journals. She has also worked as ascreenplay writer and computer graphics specialist.

Mihan Bahrami published her first short story at the age of fifteenin Ferdosi magazine. After receiving her M.A. in sociology, sheattended UCLA to study psychology. Shortly after her return to Iran,she pursued her literary and artistic activities in many different fieldsincluding cinema, theater, painting, literary criticism, and fiction.Among her collections of short stories are, Heyvan [Animal] andHaft Shakh-e Sorkh [The Seven Red Branches].


Parvin Fadavi was born in 1961 in Esfahan. She currently studiesmusic and painting. She began writing at the age of twenty-six andhas since written a number of short stories, plays, screenplays, andarticles in literary criticism. Her most recent works include two col-lections of short stories: Khorshid-e Tanha [The Lonely Sun] andBudan ya Nabudan [To Be or Not to Be ].

Farzaneh Karampur was born in 1954 and completed her educationat the University of Elm-o San’at in construction engineering. Since1996, she has been writing professionally. She has published manyshort stories including the two collections, Koshtargah-e San’ ati[The Industrial Slaughterhouse] and Ziafat-e Shabaneh [The Nightly

Feast]. Her story, Kamp-e Khareji [The Foreign Camp] won theprize of the Association of the Literature of Expansion.

Nushin Ahmadi Khorasani was born in Tehran in 1969. She com-pleted her education in health and environmental studies at TehranUniversity. She started her publishing career in 1992. Her articlesdeal mostly with women ‘s issues, but she has also translated severalbooks for children and young adults. She has published Jens-eDovom [Second Sex] since 1998, a journal that includes articles onliterature, history, as well as social and legal matters related towomen. In 1998 she published a collection of short stories, Zanan-ebi Gozashteh [Women Without Past], and Iranian Women’s Yearbook.

Farkhondeh Hajizadeh was born in the village of Bazanjan in1953. She later moved to Azarbaijan, where she continued her educa-tion, completed her degree in Persian literature, and began workingas a librarian. During the past ten years she has published three col-lections of short stories: Khaleh-ye Sagardan-e Cheshmha [TheWondering Aunt of Eyes], Khalaf-e Demokrasi [Against Democracy],and Az Cheshmha-ye Shoma Mitarsam [I am Afraid of Your Eyes].Currently, she is managing editor of the literary journal Baya.


Banafsheh Hejazi was born in 1954 in Borujerd and received a B.A.from Tehran University. She has been active in different academicand literary fields and her works cover a wide range of topics,including children’s literature, architecture, painting, and women’sissues. Among her recent publications are a collection of poems,Napors Chera Sokut Mikonam [Do not Ask Why I Am Silent], and a

chidren’s story, Tara va Mah [Tara and the Moon].


Khatereh Hejazi was born in Esfahan in 1961. In 1979 she movedto Tehran, and in 1985 she published her first book. Since then shehas continued to write professionally. She attended university at the

age of twenty-eight and completed her B.A. in philosophy. Hejazihas published a number of collections of poems and short stories,and two novels titled Dar Shab-e Iliati-ye Eshq [In the Tribal Nightof Love] and Asar-e Parvaneh [The Time of Butterfly ].

Sofia Mahmudi was born in 1956. She has studied sociology andRussian language, and has translated several works from Russian andEnglish into Persian. She is the author of Zan va Kudak [Woman AndChild] and Yek Fekr-e Bekr [A Peifect Thought]. She currently teach-es English, works as a librarian, and writes articles on folk literature.

Nosrat Masuri was born in Tehran in 1940. She grew up inAzarbaijan and then completed her undergraduate degree in Englishlanguage in Khoramabad. She began writing fiction professionally in1984 and since then has published many short stories. In 1999, hershort story “Entezar” [Wait] won the first prize of Lorestan Province.

Marjan Riahi was born in 1970. She is a graduate of TehranUniversity in business management. She also holds degrees inscreenwriting and acting. She has published several short stories indifferent literary and women ‘s journals in Iran. Her collection ofshort stories, Eshareh-ha [Points], was published in 1999.

Zoya Pirzad is the author of a number of collections of short storiesincluding Yek Ruz Mandeh beh Eyd-e Pak [One Day BeforeEaster],~winner of the Seventeenth “Book of the Year Award” inIran-Mesl-e Hameh-ye Asrha [Like All Evenings], and Ta’m-e Gas-e Khormalu [The Astringent Taste of Persimmon].


Fereshteh Sari was born in 1957 in Tehran. She received B.A.s incomputer science and Russian language and literature from TehranUniversity. During her literary career she has received a number ofprizes and scholarships including the Lillian Hellmann-DashiellHammett from Human Rights Watch (1998) and a one-year scholar~ship from the International Parliament of Writers (1999). During thepast fifteen years Sari has written and translated many books, includ-ing her two recent novels, Mitra and Atr-e Razianeh [The Aroma ofFennel].


Mansureh Sharifzadeh was born in 1953 in Tehran. She holds a B.A.

in English literature and an M.A. in comparative literature fromTehran University. Since 1987 she has been a member of the researchfaculty at Tehran University. She also teaches literature at theCollege of Film and Theater. In 1999 she received a prize for herarticle on the poet Parvin E’tesami. Her literary works includeMolud-e Sheshom [The Sixth Born] and Atr-e Neskafe [The Aroma ofNescafe].


Nahid Tabatabai was born in 1958. She holds a B.A. in dramatic lit-erature and playwrighting. She is the author of Banu va Javani-yeKhish [The Lady and Her Youth], Hozur-e Abi-ye Mina [The BluePresence of Mina], and Jameh Daran [Tearing Garb].


Fariba Vafi was born in Tabriz in 1962. Her first collection of sto-ries, Omgh-e Sahneh [Depth of the Stage], was published in 1996.Her second collection of short stories, Hatta Vaqti Mikhandam [EvenWhen I Laugh], was published in the fall of 1999.

Chista Yasrebi was born in 1968 in Tehran. She holds a B.A. in clin-ical psychology and an M.A. in: educational psychology. She has alsostudied journalism at Tabatabai University in a program affiliatedwith UNICEF. She started her writing career by publishing articles inliterary and art criticism. As a playwright/director she won first prizeat the Festival of Women ‘s Theater in Iran. She has published severalcollection of poems, translations, plays, and collections of short sto-ries. Among her works are Salam be Na-Momken [Greeting theImpossible], Rahil, and Abi-ye Kuchak-e Eshgh [The Little Blue ofLove].


Farideh Kheradmand was born in 1957 in Tehran. She completedher education in drama and dramatic literature. Her writing careerbegan in radio. From 1988-1990 she worked as a playwright, direc-tor, and actor in the Gulf area. In 1992 she left her work in radio todevote her time to writing. She has written several plays and haspublished several works in children’s literature. Her collections ofstories include Parandeh-yi Hast [A Bird Exists] and Aramesh-e

Shabaneh [The Nightly Tranquility].

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