Parisa Saranj was born in Isfahan, Iran. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College. She works as a freelance translator based in Baltimore and is currently completing a memoir of growing up in 1990s Iran. Her translations have appeared in several publications, including Nimrod International Journal, Your Impossible Voice, Ms. Magazine, and The Blue Nib.