Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran and is a poet and filmmaker. Her first collection, Sketching on the Night, published underground in Tehran in 1996 was lauded as “a fresh experience in imagery and poetic language.” Her second book, Barefoot Till Morning won the Karnameh’s best poetry book of the year award in 2001. Other books include The Songs of the Forbidden Woman and The Survivors of Patience. She’s completed a Doctorate in Film Studies and Filmmaking at University of Western Sydney. The Forbidden—Poems from Iran and Its Exiles, received the 2013 Midwest Book Award in poetry.