Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, attended boarding school on the Isle of Wight, but has lived most of her life in London. She has published nine poetry collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2007, and Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She was poet in residence at the Royal Mail and has held fellowships with the Royal Literary Fund at City University, at the International Writing Program in Iowa and the American School in London. Her awards include a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors and a major Arts Council Writer’s Award. She is the founder of The Poetry School, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of The English Society. Her most recent collection, Afterwardness (Carcanet 2019)is a Poetry Book Society Winter Wild Card and a book of the year in The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She works as a poetry tutor and mentor.