Rooja Mohassessy is an Iranian-born poet and educator. She is a transnational whose work explores themes of war, migration, and coming of age in exile. She resides in Northern California and is enrolled in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Pacific University in Oregon.
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Poet Lore, California Fire and Water: An Anthology of Poems, Southern Humanities Review, CALYX Journal, Ninth Letter, Bare Life Review, Potomac Review, InterlitQ, The Florida Review, New Letters, and elsewhere.
During her residency at MacDowell Rooja worked on revising and preparing her debut poetry manuscript, "When Your Sky Runs into Mine," for publication. The manuscript won the 22nd Annual Elixir Poetry Prize and will be released by Elixir Press in 2023.