Mimi Khalvati was born in Iran, and grew up on the Isle of
Wight. She attended the Drama Centre, London, and later worked as a
theatre director in Tehran, translating from English into Farsi and
devising new plays. She is also co-founder of the Theatre in Exile
group. Her earlier collections of poetry include In White
Ink (1991), Mirrorwork (1995) and The Chine
(2002), and her latest work,
The Meanest Flower, was shortlisted for the 2007
TS Eliot Prize. This most recent collection brings together a range
of elegies, songs and ghazals in a graceful examination of the
physical world and the human condition. Khalvati now lives in
Hackney and is a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths College as well as
a director of the London Poetry School.
Interview with the Indepenent.