Sahar Delijani was born in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran in 1983, the same year both her parents were arrested due to their political activism against the Islamic regime. In 1996, when she was 12 years old, her parents decided to move to Northern California to join her mother’s family. Delinaji’s works have appeared in a wide range of literary publications and journals including The Battered Suitcase, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Sangam Review. Delijani was nominated for the 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize and was for a time a regular contributor to Iran-Emrooz (Iran of Today) Political and Cultural Journal. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is her first novel.