Shahram T. Shiva, born to a family of Persian poets in Mashhad, Khorasan Province (the center of Sufism in Iran), has been a long-time practitioner of meditation and student of Eastern mystical traditions. His translations of Persian Sufi poetry have been incorporated in Two Suns Rising (J. Star-Bantam, 1991). He is the co-author of A Garden Beyond Paradise, The Mystical Poetry of Rumi (Bantam Books, 1992). Mr. Shiva has presented his work in readings at The Smithsonian Institute, Yale, Columbia, and New York University, and in frequent workshops and classical music/poetry programs through the New York Open Center. He lives in New York City.