MOHSEN SOLTANY ZAND
Mohsen Soltany Zand came to Australia in 1999 from Iran and was held in immigration detention in Perth, Port Hedland and then Villawood in Sydney for four years. His work has been published in a variety of journals, anthologies and is produced as spoken word recordings, read and performed by a startling array of prominent Australians.
Since his release, he continues to lend his support to the cause of asylum seekers in detention.
Mohsen's first collection of poetry in book form is published by Kardoorair Press, and is already in its second edition.
Mohsen performs his spoken word with and plays santoor in his band EMBER.
"The WB Yeates of our time" Tom Keneally
"By turns brutal, lyrical, passionate and despairing, his poems make up a body of work which is a powerful indictment of the sufferings of people in Australian detention camps as well as being an an important record of this shameful history." Rosie Scott
"Not only for its topicality and its willingness to challenge and confront mainstream political perceptions, but also the potency of Zand’s poetry, Australian Dream deserves to become a classic of contemporary Australian poetry." Ali Alizadeh Cordite
"Mohsen's is an important voice that has much to say about who we are as a nation, and above all, the compassion andunderstanding we must develop if we are to progress and become a welcoming and inclusive society." Arnold Zable