S. Asef Hossaini was born in northern Afghanistan. When he was one year old, his family emigrated to Iran due to the Soviet invasion. He completed his primary and secondary education there. After the fall of the Taliban, Asef returned to Afghanistan at age twenty-two to study philosophy and sociology at Kabul University. In 2005, as a student and a leader of the Afghanistan Student Movement, Asef ran for a seat in Afghanistan’s first parliamentary election. His poetry collections, These Walking Shoes, Four Planets in My Room and I, Affected by the Lunar Eclipse, have been published in Kabul, Tehran, and Germany.