I was born in 1960 in the industrial province of Khuzestan in south-west Iran, in Abadan. I was in the last year of high school when the revolution broke out in Iran in 1978. Two years following the revolution (1980), the Iran-Iraq war broke out which lasted eight years. I lived, worked and married in Khuzestan, the centre of the war. The six years leading up to my arrival in Canada I lived in Tehran with my family. It took almost four years to get accepted by the Canadian Embassy as immigrants, and after many attempts we (my ex--husband and my sons) arrived in Canada in 1997 and ever since we have been settled in Ottawa, Ontario. To find a stable job, I have had to go back to school twice and have since attained two diplomas, one in Accounting and one in Early Childhood Assistance. I have served Canada in the war in Afghanistan, working for SNC Lavalin PAE in Kandahar as a civilian with the DND and have received a General Service Medal. Throughout these years I have continued to write poetry in Persian and English and have been an active member in the Persian community in Ottawa. Writing has been my best friend and still is.