Ali Alizadeh’s books include the historical novel The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc, the short story collection Transactions, the literary memoir Iran, My Grandfather, which was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and two previous poetry collections Ashes in the Air, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry, and Eyes in Times of War. Alizadeh is a senior lecturer in Literary Studies at Monash University. His poetry is set for high school study in Queensland.