Esmaeil Yourdshahian (Urmia), contemporary Iranian poet and writer in the conceptual style, was born on March 26th 1955 in the city of Oroumieh in Iran. He pursued his studies in the fields of culture and civilization, as well as in psychology. For many years, he has been teaching and researching in different universities in Oroumieh, and working with other universities and literary circles around the world. He has published 15 books of poetry, 5 novels, 3 books on linguistics and ethnography, and 37 academic articles in international journals.
His third novel, Where I Was Born, is different. In this literary and artistic portrait, Yourdshahian depicts the lives of a group of migrant Americans in Iran, 150 years ago. It is about some men and women who went to serve people there and give a new meaning to their lives.