I was born in New Orleans, spent my childhood in Tehran, Iran (partly during the Iranian Revolution) and lived in Washington DC, New York and London before settling in Edinburgh in 2005.
My pamphlet Refuge, poems about Iran, is published by Tapsalteerie Press. Other poems have won competitions and been published widely in the UK and US in journals, anthologies and The Scotsman, and have been performed on BBC Radio 4.
I was the Writer in Residence at Jupiter Artland, for Spring Fling and the Wigtown Book Festival. I’ve been commissioned to write new work by The University of Edinburgh, the St Magnus Festival and Talbot Rice Gallery.
I write as a part of the women’s collective 12, responding to artwork most recently at Coopers Gallery and Cample Line. I am also one of the 2019 Scottish Book Trust Ignite Fellows.
In addition to writing, I founded The Belonging Project, examining and exploring the immigrant experience in over 75 workshops delivered by me in schools, community projects and prisons. I’m also Co-Founder of the reading charity Open Book, with over 130 workshops a month across Scotland, and am the Chair of the Board for the Wigtown Book Festival.
(Photo credit: Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston)