Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, PRISONER OF TEHRAN, was published in Canada in 2007, has been published in 30 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. 

In 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament and, in 2008 the Grinzane Prize in Italy. She was the recipient of the Morris Abram Human Rights Award from UN Watch in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014. In February 2017, she received Premio Ceppo Pistoia, a prestigious award given every year in Tuscany, Italy. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, AFTER TEHRAN: A LIFE RECLAIMED, published in 2010. 

Marina has spoken at high schools, universities, and conferences around the world, including University of Milan, Oxford University, Yale, Tufts, Berkeley, and Stanford, to name a few. She has served on the Board of Directors at the CCVT (Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture), Vigdis (a Norwegian charitable organization that provides legal and other forms of assistance to female political prisoners around the world), Writers in Exile at PEN Canada, and the International Council of the Human Rights Foundation in the U.S. 

She has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto and currently teaches memoir writing at the SCS.

Marina is represented by Carolyn Forde. 

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