Ziba Karbassi was born in Tabriz, northwestern Iran.She had to leave her country with her mother in the mid-1980s when she was a young teenager and for most of the time since then she has lived in London. She has published ten books of poetry in Persian, She also writes poetry in Turkish. Two books of her poems are translated and published in the U.K, Italy, and in English and Italian. Karbassi is widely regarded as the most accomplished Persian poet of her generation. Her dense and revolutionary lyrical poetry achieves an intensity and balance that is rare in contemporary poetry. She has read widely across Europe and America. She was chairperson of the Iranian Writers Association (in exile) from 2002 to 2004 and editor of Asar.name and one of the editors in Exiled Inkliterature magazines in London.

Last year she won the Golden Apple Poetry Price for Azerbaijan. Her poems have appeared in many languages throughout Europe, the UK and US. Translations by Stephen Watts have appeared in such journals as Poetry Review and Modern Poetry Translation.