Abbas Lesani was born in 1968, in Northeast Iran in Meshkinshahr, Ardabil province. Abbas Lesani is a poet, author, and civil rights activist in Ardebil. In the past two decades, he has been arrested, sentenced to prison, and exiled several times. He also wrote a book titled “Cry Freedom”. The book is a collection of essays, speeches, slogans, interviews, and prison letters of Mr. Lesani.