Poet Simin Behbahani, the Lioness of Iran, died on 19 August 2014 in Tehran, Iran. She died of heart and respiratory complications and had been in coma for two weeks. She was 87.
She was a champion of women’s rights and captured the hopes and disappointments of Iranians since 1979 Iran Revolution through her poetry.
Poet Simin Behbahani
• Born in Tehran on 19 July 1927, she began writing poetry at the age of twelve.
• She produced some of the most important works of the Persian literature in the 20th century.
• She was the President of The Iranian Writers' Association and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999 and 2002.
• She earned the title of the "Lioness of Iran" from the people of Iran for her courage in facing the official censorship of her poems as her verses opposed the dictatorship.
She was honoured with the following awards:
Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammet Grant in 1998
Carl von Ossietzky Medal in 1999
Norwegian Authors' Union Freedom of Expression Prize in 2006
Janus Pannonius Poetry Prize in 2013
• Simin Behbahani published nineteen books of poetry.
Famous works of Simin Behbahani:
• The Broken Lute, 1951
• Footprint , 1954
• Chandelier, 1955
• Resurrection, 1971
• A Window of freedom, 1995
• Maybe It's the Messiah, 2003
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