Qeysar Aminpour

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Kaiser Aminpour (1959-2007) (Persian: قیصر امین‌پور‎)was an Iranian poet. Aminpour was one of the several distinguished poets who can be considered the founder of post-Revolution Iranian poetry.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Aminpour was born in 1959 in the city of Gotvand, the capital of Gotvand County, Khuzestan Province, Iran in south west of Iran. Aminpour attended the University of Tehran and studied Persian literature under supervision of Dr. Shafi’i Kadkani. In 1997, Aminpour received his doctoral degree, defending his thesis on “Tradition and Modernity in Iran’s Contemporary Poetry”.[2]


Dr. Aminpour was widely published. Among the collection of his poetry one can mention: In the Avenue of Sunshine, The Noon of 10th day, the Morning Breath and Sudden Mirrors II. He taught in Tehran University and Azzahra University.

Originally he was best known as a young adults’ poet. In 1988, he became chief editor of Soroush e Nojavaanaan; Teenagers’ Soroush, a monthly young adult magazine dedicated to poetry, literature and art. For many high school students Soroush e Nojavaanaan was more than just a magazine. It was the place to read the history of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s Little Prince, the adventures of Le Petit Nicholas, and the stories of Keschner. It was a place to read about the latest movies and animation productions, although they would not have been shown in Iran.[2]

Dr Aminpour started teaching in Azzahra University in 1988, and in 1990 he became a lecturer in the University of Tehran. In 1989, Aminpour was awarded the Nima Youshij poetry prize known as "Amin crystal bird". Aminpour was also one of Persian academy's permanent members since 2003.[3]

In 2003, Aminpour resigned from Soroush e Nojavaanaan and was made a member of Persian Literature and Culture Academy.[2]