Farzaneh Khojandi

Born in the remote Khojand province of Tajikistan in 1960, Farzaneh Khojandi is widely regarded as the most exciting woman poet writing in Persian (Farsi, Tajik) today and has a huge following in Iran and Afghanistan as well as in Tajikistan, where she is simply regarded as the country’s foremost living writer. Her frequently playful and witty poetry draws on the rich tradition of Persian literature in an often subversive and humorous way. 

– from Jo Shapcott’s introduction in MPT 3/10 The Big Green Issue