Daniel Ladinsky is an American writer and poet known for his inspired renderings of Sufi poetry. Born and raised in the Midwest, Ladinsky spent six years in Western India, where he worked in a rural clinic free to the poor and lived with the disciples and family of Meher Baba. Ladinsky has published several volumes of his versions of Hafiz’s poetry, including The Gift, The Subject Tonight Is Love, and I Heard God Laughing. His most recent books are A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations (2011) and The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems by Rumi (2012). Photo of Daniel by Kevin D. Mann.