Sholeh Wolpé was born in Iran and spent her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. She is the recipient of 2013 Midwest Book Award, and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize. About Sholeh, The Poetry Foundation writes, “Wolpé’s concise, unflinching, and often wry free verse explores violence, culture, and gender. So many of Wolpé's poems deal with the violent situation in the Middle East, yet she is ready to both bravely and playfully refuse to let death be too proud.” A poet, literary translator and an editor, Wolpé’s eight books include: Keeping Time with Blue HyacinthsBreaking the Jaws of Silence—Sixty American Poets Speak to the World, featuring some of the most respected voices in American poetry; and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles.