Shaban-nejad, Afsaneh

Afsaneh Shaban-nejad

Writer- Poet

Afsaneh Shaban-nejad, poet and writer, was born in Kerman in May 1963. She has a bachelor’s degree in Persian language and literature and a master’s degree in dramatic literature.

She began her career in children’s and young adult literature by writing for the press and she was also the editor-in-chief of the radio program for preschoolers and school-age children. At one point, she was also in charge of the poetry council at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon).

Shaban-nejad has many published books in the field of children’s and young adult poetry and stories. The most distinguishing feature of her works is their variety. She has written for various age groups, composed poetry, and written stories and even plays for children. She focuses on nature, but also deals with modern-day urban issues. Her works are imbued with a childlike imagination.

Selected Works:

The Thousand-girl Orchard (1998), Kanoon

This Side of the Desert, That Side of the Desert (1999), Kanoon

Auntie Negin’s Gift (2007), Kanoon

A Bowlful of Dew (2007), Madrese Publications

The Freeway (2007), Touka Publishing Co.

The Bird Said, “I’m a Poet!” (۲۰۰۷), Kanoon

Caller-Caller, Say What Color? (2008), Kanoon

Atalak Tee Tatala (2011), Honar Abi

What Colors Are Sunlight and Moonlight? (2012), Honar Abi

Happali Happo Was Asleep (2014), Peydayesh

Selected Awards and Recognitions:

The Golden Moon Award of the Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth recognizing the best Iranian poets in two decades, Best Book Award from The Book Festival of The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon), New Horizons Award (Bologna Children’s Book Fari), nominated for Astrid Lingren’s Award, listed in the International Library of Munich (White Ravens)