The poet Simin Behbahani (1927– 2014, Iran), who helped reinvent the Persian ghazal in the 20th century

The poet Simin Behbahani

Known as “The Lioness of Iran,” Behbahani was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and named MTVU’s Poet Laureate. She is one of the inventors of the Persian “new ghazal” (ghazal-i nu-a’in).