Coleman-Barks-is-an-American-poet.-Despite-the-fact-that-he-admittedly-speaks-no-Persian,-he-is-world-renowned-as-a-translator-of-Rumi-and-other-mystic-poets-of-Persia.-Barks-taught-literature-at-the-University-of-Georgia-for-three-decades.-He-makes-frequent-international-appearances-and-is-well-known-throughout-the-Middle-East.-Barks’s-work-has-contributed-to-an-extremely-strong-following-of-Rumi-in-the-English-speaking-world.-Due-to-his-work,-the-ideas-of-Sufism-have-crossed-many-cultural-boundaries-over-the-past-few-decades.-Coleman-Barks-received-an-honorary-doctorate-from-Tehran-University-in-2006.