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Mehdi Meshgini was born in Ghoochan, a small town in Northeastern Iran, and grew up in Tehran. After getting his high school diploma from Daralfonoon, he went to the USA to study at university. He earned a BSc and MSc in organic chemistry from Oregon State University, and a PhD in pulp and paper chemistry from the University of Washington. He moved to Vancouver, Canada to teach chemistry at an international college, and continues to live in the Lower Mainland today.

While his professional career has been in the sciences, his true passion has always been literature, particularly poetry. An avid reader of both Iranian and Western literatures, he has given numerous talks on poets like Rumi, Hafez, Omar Khayyam, and Parvin Etesami; written translations of the poet William Blake into Farsi; and has a forthcoming follow-up comparing the works of Rumi and Blake. He has also put out a collection of his own poetry, a novel Nina which is being adapted into a film, and the newly published non-fiction book Murder in Evin about Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.


Selected Quatrains of Rumi

Rey on fire

Ghoghnoos: A collection of Persian Quatrains


William Blake 

Murder in evin



Rumi, the Mystic and Poet of Love October 3, 2018 West Vancouver Memorial Library West Vancouver, BC…


Rumi Poet of Universal Love November 20, 2005 UBC Chan Centre Vancouver, BC Human Rights This talk w…


​ Video ​ Tribute to Zahra Kazemi with Shirin Ebadi, Mehrangiz Kar, Shahla Lahiji ​ A Night with Rum…


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