"...Ahmadreza Ahmadi was born in 1940 in Kerman, Iran. He moved to Tehran in 1948. In Tehran he attended the Adab school and in 1954 entrered Dar ol-Fonoun. Two inidviduals who according to him have been instrumental to his love for literature are his
maternal nephew, the writer Abdolrahim Ahmadi, and his teacher at Dar ul-Fonoun, Mr Mohammad Shirvāni.
"Ahmadreza Ahmadi's first book of poetry, Tarh (Sketch), was published in 1962. His poetry has its roots in French Surrealism and the American Imagists specially in poets like Saint John Perse, Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon and Ezra Pound."
"Ahamd Reza Ahmadi is considered to be the founder of New Wave Poetry by the Iranian Artists' Center and is recognized as a pioneer of surrealism in children's literature in Iran...
"Journey at Night is one of Ahmadi's most powerful works and is a story that touchesupon social themes, referring to peace, coexistence, tolerance, and collaboration. The fireflies are messengers of peace who bring light, knowledge, beauty, and joy.
There is antagonism between darkness and light, with light ultimately overcoming darkness. By selecting elements from nature and human life, and mixing these together, the author has succeeded in creating an atmosphere full of sensory images...
"Ahmad Reza Ahmadi has received many awards and recognitions for his works, including the National Cultural and Artistic Award (Bizhan Jalali) for Collected Poems in 2006. Parvaz dar shab (Flight at Night) was nominated by the Children's Book Council as
the best story on peace at IBBY India in 2009. In addition, Ahmadi was recently awarded The Flying Pen, a prestigious national recognition for his contribution to children's literature (2009). His writing is thought to be unique in the way he creatively
combines poetic and prose structures. His poems have been translated into many different languages including Arabic, Armenian, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Korean."
He was also nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
"Ahmadi's first book of poetry, Tarh (Sketch), was published in 1962. His poetry has its roots in French Surrealism and the American Imagists specially in poets like Saint John Perse, Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon and Ezra Pound."
He has at least two juvenile books available in English:
"When things that a boy loves disappear from his life, he wonders whether they are gone forever. Will blossom and rain ever come back Yes they will, but in their own time. This reassuring story moves from feelings of loss to a new confidence that comes
with knowledge that these and more do, and will, return."
"When I Colored in the World"
"With a box of colored crayons and an eraser to rub things out, one child sets out to transform the world. By rubbing out ‘hunger’ and coloring in ‘wheat’, the world can be fed. By rubbing out ‘crying’ and coloring ‘laughter’, the world
gets to sing, dance and be joyful. Told with poetic simplicity, this book shows how creative imagination – through the use of color and imagery – can change the world from bad to good. An unusual and deceptively simple picture book that imagines a
world without discrimination, poverty or inequality."