Poet, Translator



Kaveh Bassiri is an Iranian-American writer and translator. He is the author of 99 Names of Exile, winner of the 2019 Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and Elementary English, winner of the 2020 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in a number of anthologies and textbooks, including Best American Poetry 2020, Best New Poets 2020, The Heart of a Stranger (2020), Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora (2021), Somewhere We Are Human (2022), Without a Doubt (2022), and A Poetry Pedagogy for Teachers (2022). His writing can also be found in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod International Journal, The Cincinnati Review, and Shenandoah. His translations have appeared in the Chicago Review, The Common, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, Two Lines, Guernica, World Literature Today, and Colorado Review. He has also worked for the Criterion Collection on the English subtitles for movies and interviews of Iranian filmmakers Abbas Kiarostami and Bahram Beyzai. Bassiri is the recipient of a 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council and a 2019 translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a contributing editor to Copper Nickel and the translation editor for the Pamenar Press. From 2006 to 2013, he curated reading series in New York City and Fayetteville, Arkansas.