Alireza Abiz is an Iranian poet, literary critic and translator living in London. He studied English Literature in Mashhad and Tehran universities and received his PhD in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Newcastle University. He has published six collections of poetry in Persian, including Black Line – London Underground and The Pomegranate of Bajestan. He has translated a number of poets including Rainer Maria Rilke, Basil Bunting, Derek Walcott, Allen Ginsberg and C.K. Williams into Persian. He has written extensively on Persian contemporary literature and culture. His scholarly book, Censorship of Literature in Post-Revolutionary Iran: Politics and Culture since 1979, is forthcoming from I. B. Tauris.