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Simin Behbahani
سیمین بهبهانی
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Simin Behbahani
Simin Khalili
سیمین خلیلی

(1927-06-20)20 June 1927
Tehran, Iran
Died 19 August 2014(2014-08-19) (aged 87)
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Poet, writer
Spouse(s) Hassan Behbahani (1946–1970, divorced)
Manouchehr Koshyar (1971–2002, his death)
Children Ali (b. 1948)
Parent(s) Abbas Khalili (Father)
Fakhr-e Ozma Arghun (Mother)

Simin Beh'bahāni (Persian: سیمین بهبهانی) (June 20, 1927 - August 19, 2014) was an Iranian writer and poet. She was Iran's national poet and an icon to Iranian literature. She was called the lioness of Iran. She was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and "received many literary awards around the world."

Behbahani was hospitalized in Tehran on 6 August 2014. She was in a coma until her death thirteen days later on 19 August 2014, aged 87.


  • The Broken Lute [Seh-tar-e Shekasteh, 1951]
  • Footprint [Ja-ye Pa, 1954]
  • Chandelier [Chelcheragh, 1955]
  • Marble [Marmar 1961]
  • Resurrection [Rastakhiz, 1971]
  • A Line of Speed and Fire [Khatti ze Sor'at va Atash, 1980]
  • Arzhan Plain [Dasht-e Arzhan, 1983]
  • Paper Dress [Kaghazin Jameh, 1992]
  • A Window of freedom [Yek Daricheh Azadi, 1995]
  • Collected Poems [Tehran 2003]
  • Maybe It's the Messiah [Shayad ke Masihast, Tehran 2003] Selected Poems, translated by Ismail Salami
  • A Cup of Sin, Selected poems, translated by Farzaneh Milani and Kaveh Safa


  • 1998 Human Rights Watch Hellman-Hammet Grant
  • 1999 Carl von Ossietzky Medal
  • 2006 Norwegian Authors' Union Freedom of Expression Prize
  • 2009 mtvU Poet Laureate
  • 2013 Janus Pannonius Poetry Prize

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