Anis Mojgani is a gale force talent, a twirling dervish of lyric and the body's music, a poet who gleefully spurns the boundaries of poet.
– Patricia Smith, National Book Award Winner & 4 time National Poetry Slam Champion
Anis Mojgani is a trickster and a philosopher, a theologian and a rock star.
– Pulitzer Prize Finalist Luis Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway
Anis is a burning fire; he's a beacon. He reminds us: You're a bright flame too. You're a pounding heart too. You can use my words and pictures to understand the things thrashing inside your ribs.
– Cartoonist Eleanor Davis, Eisner Award Winner & Geisel Honor Recipient
Anis Mojgani...you and other young poets of your talent are the future of American poetry and frankly, that fills me with joy!
- Poet Thomas Lux, winner of the Kingsley Tuft Poetry Award
His poetry sings just as beautifully on the page as it does on the stage.
– PANK Magazine
He's probably the best poetry slammer alive.
– The Willamette Week
Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts, and Thrush.
Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage, his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them. Weaving dream-like tales that dip into imaginative imagery, Anis’s poems make the ordinary almost surreal and, through jolts of wide-eyed writing and striking honesty, make that which is fantastical remarkably relatable. Both innocent and heartbreaking, introspective and curious, the humanity his work carries causes listeners to remember and experience a childhood that is not their own but feels like it was.
A founding member of the no longer touring Poetry Revival, Anis is also the author of three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch. A visual artist as well, his latest book, The Pocketknife Bible, is a fully illustrated poetry-novella. Originally from New Orleans, Anis lives in Oregon. He is represented by Blue Flower Arts.
picture by Jeremy Okai Davis