Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up on the Isle of Wight. She trained at Drama Centre London and has worked as an actor and director in the UK and Iran. She has published eight collections of poetry with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, a Financial Times Book of the Year, and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and most recently The Weather Wheel (Carcanet, 2014). Her work has been widely translated. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2006. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Mimi is the founder of The Poetry School and was the Coordinator from 1997–2004. She is a core tutor for the School and has co-edited its three anthologies of new writing published by Enitharmon Press.