Maryam Madjidi moved to Paris for the first time in 1986 with her parents who were political asylum seekers, running away from Iran. She studed at Sorbonne University, achieving her masterclass in comparative literature, before becoming a teacher. She lived in Beijing and Istanbul, teaching French for almost six years. She now lives in Paris and is still teaching French to young immigrants with the French Red Cross. This author is supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto.