Mehdi Mousavi

Mehdi Mousavi (b. 1976) is a poet, editor, cultural activist and pharmacist from Iran. Mousavi has been a leading force in postmodern poetry in Iran. He has published fourteen poetry collections, taught literature at universities and colleges, and arranged his own illegal literary gatherings and writing courses. Mousavi has also organized literature festivals and written lyrics for Iranian singers. Along with Fatemeh Ekhtesari, he was editor of the journal Hamin farad bud (It was the very tomorrow) until it was banned and closed in 2008. After being sentenced to nine years in prison and ninety-nine lashes, Mousavi managed to flee Iran in 2015. He came to Lillehammer as part of the Cities of Refuge Network in 2017.