Nasrin Alavi’s We Are Iran: The Persian Blogs (Portobello Books, 2005) is an English PEN recommended book of 2007, and was selected among the Independent 2006 Books of the Year and New Statesman critics’ choice 2006. She spent her formative years in Iran, attended university in Britain and worked in London, then returned to her birthplace to work for an NGO for a number of years. She currently lives in London.
Ali Alizadeh is an award-winning Iranian-born Australian poet, critic and literary translator. His collection Eyes in Times of War was published by Salt in 2006, and a first novel, The New Angel, is forthcoming.
John Ashbery’s latest collection A Worldly Country is reviewed on p.118.
Kaveh Basmenji, born in Tehran in 1961, has worked as a journalist for Reuters and the Middle East Times, and has published essays, poetry, and translations of western literature. Recent publications include Tehran Blues: Youth Culture in Iran (Saqi, 2005) and (as editor) Afsaneh: Short Stories by Iranian Women (Saqi, 2005). He lives in Prague.
Michael Bell’s most recent book is Open Secrets: Literature, Education and Authority from J.-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee (OUP, 2007). He is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.
Barbara Bridger teaches Scripted Media at Dartington College of Art.
Iain Britton is Director of Maori Studies at King’s School, Remuera, Auckland.
Stevie Davies’s most recent novel is The Eyrie (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007).
Thomas Docherty’s most recent publication is Aesthetic Democracy (Stanford University Press, 2006).
Milad Dokhanchi is a researcher and writer based in Tehran. He graduated with a degree in English and History from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Mark Ford has published two collections of poetry and a study of the French writer Raymond Roussel. He is a Professor in the English Department at University College London.
Kevin Hart is Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Virginia. A new book of poems, Young Rain, is forthcoming from Giromondo Press in Sydney.
Milad Houshmandzadeh is a photographer. With the rationing of gasoline in recent months, he doesn’t get to use his Peykan 59 much.
Emma Jones is currently working on a doctorate at Cambridge.
David Kennedy is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull. His third collection of poetry, The Devil’s Bookshop, is forthcoming from Salt.
John Kinsella’s book of memoirs Fast, Loose Beginnings was published in 2006.
Ahmad Zahedi Langroodi (b. 1982) writes film and poetry criticism for periodicals such as Kalak and Naghde Noe. His poem ‘Eternal’ won Iran’s first internet poetry prize in 2002. ‘Dar bande daar’ (‘In the Thread of the Noose’) has appeared in print and online.
Tim Liardet’s most recent book of poems, The Blood Choir (Seren, 2006), was shortlisted for the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize.
Sohrab Mahdavi is the English editor of TehranAvenue.com.
Bill Manhire’s latest collection of poems, Lifted, was published recently in the UK by Carcanet. A contributing editor of The Warwick Review, he heads the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington.
Rod Mengham, a contributing editor of The Warwick Review, is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College.
Poupeh Missaghi is a translator and short story writer.
Fereshteh Molavi published articles and books in Iran, among them a novel, The House of Cloud and Wind (1991), and a collection of short stories, The Sun Fairy (1991), before emigrating to Canada in 1998. Her work has been widely anthologised and her latest collection of short stories in Persian, The Wandering Nightingale, was published in Tehran in 2005.
Vahdi Parsa is an architect by training but a filmmaker by choice. He writes on cinema for TehranAvenue.com.
Marjorie Perloff is professor emeritus at Stanford University and one of the most distinguished poetry critics in the US.
Jason Rezaian runs Iran Media Service, a consultancy on Iranian media, culture and lifestyle available to Western publications and networks. He maintains a blog, Inside Iran, and writes regularly on Iran for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Democrat, The Independent and other publications. He has recently completed a feature-length documentary film, A World Between, about the experience of returning to Iran as an Iranian-American.
Bahram Sadeghi (1936-83) was highly praised for his collections of short stories and for his short novel Malakut (1961). He was a member of the Isfahan Circle, which included other key modern Iranian writers such as Hooshang Golshiri and Taqi Modaressi, and is credited with introducing a new approach into Iranian fiction.
Ramin Sadighi is the director of Hermes Records, an independent music label, whose title, Endless Visions by Hossein Alizadeh and Djivan Gasparyan, was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. He is also on the editorial board of Culture and Sound magazine, published in Tehran.
Bardia Saeedi is an avid fan of the Burning Man subculture. He lives in the US.
Sima Saeedi is a journalist and an editor of TehranAvenue.com. She has written for various publications on social issues.
Hamed Safaee is a graphic designer, film-maker, and theatre director. He brought his One-Shot Film Festival idea to TehranAvenue.com for an on-line competition in the winter of 2007. The competition will continue next year.
Lawrence Sail’s most recent collection of poems is Eye-Baby (Bloodaxe, 2006). In 2005 Enitharmon published Cross-currents, a selection of his essays.
Davood Salehi (b. 1964) grew up in a village in the Fars province. He began writing in 1995 after returning to university. He has since written for a number of periodicals. He lives in Shiraz.
Susan M. Schultz is professor at the University of Hawaii and runs Tinfish magazine.
Mahasti Shahrokhi (b. 1956) is a poet, journalist and theatre critic. A graduate from the Fine Arts University of Tehran, she emigrated to France in 1984 and earned her PhD from the Sorbonne. Her novel A Shawl as Long as the Silk Road was published in 1999.
George Szirtes won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2004 for his collection of poems Reel and has a Collected and New Poems coming from Bloodaxe in 2008. His latest translation, of Sándor Márai’s The Rebels, appeared from Knopf earlier this year.
Jinoos Taghizadeh is a sculptor and performance artist based in Tehran. She is one of the editors of TehranAvenue.com and writes regularly on the arts.
John Tranter’s Urban Myths: 210 Poems appeared from Salt last year.
Mandana Zandian (b. 1972) is a poet and essayist. She is the author of three books of poetry including Negaah-e aabee (Blue Sight) and Hezar-tooye sokoot (The Labyrinth of Silence). She left Iran in 1999 and lives in Los Angeles.