Shahrnush Parsipur is an Iranian-born author and translator, whose publications include The Dog and the Long Winter (1974), Touba and the Meaning of the Night (1989), Women Without Men (1989), and Prison Memoirs (1996). She received the Lillian Hellman/Dashiell Hammett Award from the Fund for Free Expression (1994) and was a fellow at the International Writers Project at Brown University, sponsored by the Program in Literary Arts and the Watson Institute for International Studies (2003).