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Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, grew up on the Isle of Wight and went to the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Having worked both as an actor and director in Britain and Iran, Khalvati founded Matrix, a women’s experimental theatre group and was co-founder of Theatre in Exile. Mimi Khalvati is also an award-winning poet. Her publications include In White Ink (1991), Mirrorwork (1995), Entries on Light (1997), Selected Poems (2000) and The Chine (2002). More recently, she has co-edited anthologies such as I am twenty people! (2007) and Entering the Tapestry (2003). Her collection of poetry, The Meanest Flower (2007) was shortlisted for the T S Eliot prize, and in 2006, she received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors. She is a tutor at both the Poetry School in London and the Arvon Foundation. Mimi also teaches Creative Writing in North America and Britain. Her latest publication is New and Selected Poems published by Carcanet. Visit Mimi’s site at

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