Jila Mossaed was only 17 when she published her first poems in Iranian literary journals. She went on to study in the United States, then write for Iranian radio and television. Her first poetry collection, The Fleet Gazelles of Memory, appeared in 1986, the same year she left Iran with her two children to seek refuge in Sweden, where she has lived since. In 1997, Mossaed published her first collection in Swedish, The Moon and the Eternal Cow. She has received numerous literary prizes in Sweden, and in 2018 she was elected to chair 15 of the Swedish Academy.