Sheema Kalbasi

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Sheema Kalbasi (Persian: شیما کلباسی‎‎) was born in Tehran, Iran on 20 November 1972 and grew up in Pakistan and Denmark. She is a poet and writer on issues of feminism, war, refugees, human rights, a filmmaker on women’s issues, Sharia Law, freedom of expression and an activist for social justice, women’s rights, minorities’ rights, children’s rights, human rights and refugees’ rights. [1][2] She lives in the United States.


Her poems have been anthologized and translated into more than 20 languages. She has done voluntary teaching and tutoring of Baha'i refugee children, disadvantaged Pakistani children as well as Iraqi Kurdish children in Pakistan.[3] Kalbasi has worked for the UNHCR and the Center for Refugees in Pakistan, and in Denmark.

In 2009 she signed an open letter of apology posted to along with 266 other Iranian academics, writers, artists, journalists about the Persecution of Bahá'ís.[4]


  • The Poetry of Iranian Women [5] (Editor, Reelcontent Publishing, 2008)
  • Seven Valleys of Love,[6] a bilingual anthology of women poets from Middle Ages Persia to present day Iran (Translator, Editor, Phoenix Rising Arts Publishing, 2008)
  • Echoes in Exile [7] (Phoenix Rising Arts Publishing, 2006)
  • Sangsar (The Stoning, Sinbad Publishing, 2005)


Film Date
Women on the Front Line 2013 Documentary
Simin Behbahani —For the Dream to Ride 2013 Poem film
Banafsheh Hejazi —Disappointment 2013 Poem film
Sholeh Wolpe — I Was Sung into This World 2013 Poem film
Farzaneh Ghavami —The Park 2013 Poem film


  • Human Rights Award and Recognition, Center for Refugees, UNHCR, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Hezbollah, from Echoes in Exile, Best Poem, Harvest International.
  • The Passenger, Third place, Jerseyworks.


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