translated from the Farsi by Alireza Taheri Araghi and Thade Correa
Arash Allahverdi was born in 1983 in Shiraz. He started writing poetry at the age of fifteen. His first book, Fury, was published in an electronic format in 2007. His second book, The Book of the Blood, was planned to be published in 2010, but it failed to obtain a publication license. As a result it was published as an e-book in the following year. He publishes some of his poems on his weblog. He edits a website dedicated to contemporary Persian poetry.
Alireza Taheri Araghi received his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. His translations into English have appeared or are forthcoming in RHINO, Asymptote, and Tripwire. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere.
Thade Correa (b. 1983) hails from northwest Indiana. He received his M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Notre Dame, having previously studied at the University of Chicago and Indiana University, Bloomington. His poetry, translations, and essays have appeared (or are forthcoming) in various venues, including Bitter Oleander, Moss Trill, Tripwire, Poetry City U.S.A., Vol. 4, Bird's Thumb, The Ostrich Review, Actuary Lit, Prime Number, RHINO, Paragraphiti, The Bend, Re:Visions, Ibbetson Street, The Aurorean, and Modern Haiku. In 2012, a collection of his poetry garnered him an Academy of American Poets Prize. A composer and pianist as well as a writer, he currently publishes his music with Alliance Publications. He teaches English and music at Indiana University, Northwest and HGS Music Studios, respectively.