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Rira Abbasi, Poet, fiction writer, artist, and human rights activist Rira Abbasi was born in Khorramabad,Iran.

Acclaimed as Iran's Lady Poet Laureate and the winner of the Parvin Etesami Poetry Award in 2005, Rira is also a member of Iran's Writers Association and the founder and director of the biennial International Peace Poetry festival since 2007. Black Elf of Wednesdays (2000), No More Guns for this Lor Woman (2001), and the bold collection of love poems Who Loves You More Discreetly? (2002) are among her works. Rira has edited and introduced the first collection of Iranian Peace Poetry (an anthology) in 2002. In 2008, she founded the R.B.H, an establishment in line with the International Peace Poetry Festival. A brainchild of Rira Abbasi and supported solely by individual donations and sponsorship of non-governmental organizations, the charter of the Peace Poetry Festival states that "Poetry for peace is affiliated to humanity, regardless of race, religion, sex and geography". 

The world's first statue, representing "The Poetry of Peace" was made by a team supervised by Rira's husband, Ali Ahmadi Khorram.

Many of her reviews and literary criticisms have been published in literary journals. Also, many of her poems have been translated into several languages such as Italian, English, German, Indian, Romania, Spanish, Chinese, and etc.

 Rira has been invited to over nine authoritative international poetry festivals so far and has attended in some of them.

She has edited and translated "Local Poetry" (Tehran, 2005) which is published at Studies and Research Center and Cultural Anthropology.

 "Inversion" (Tehran, 2008) and "Essence of Being is Pain" (Tehran, 2010) are two recent novels by Rira which are banned to publish by the government. Rira has also collected the anthology of World's Peace Poetry which is a multilingual selection of poems from the first and the second International Peace Poetry Festival and is ready to print.

In 2011, Rira received a grant from Prince Claus Fund institute to take part in 21 Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín, Colombia.

 

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