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Fatemeh Ekhtesari is an Iranian poet, writer, and freelance filmmaker, with a Master's degree in midwifery. She has published ten books, including poetry, short stories, and novels in Farsi and Norwegian.  In 2013 she was imprisoned and later released on bail. Her verdict came in 2015 when she was sentenced to 99 lashes and 11.5 years imprisonment for crimes against the Iranian regime and blasphemy. She is a FreeCity Writer from ICORN and lives in Norway since 2017.