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Anis Mojgani Persian: انیس مژگانی born June 13, 1977 is a spoken word poet, visual artist and musician based in Portland, Oregon Mojgani has been characterized as a "geek genius" with "fiercely hopeful word arias"1
Mojgani was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, moved to Georgia and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sequential Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts2 Mojgani is a member of the Bahá'í Faith34 As of 2007update Mojgani has been earning an income as a touring poet5
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Over the course of his career, Mojgani has been a member of several poetry slam teams, including New Orleans, NYC-Urbana and Seattle He was also a member of 2007's Solomon Sparrow's Electric Whale Revival and 2008's Junkyard Ghost Revival, both of which featured poets Buddy Wakefield and Derrick C Brown as actively touring members
Mojgani won back-to-back titles in the National Individual Poetry Slam in 2005 and 2006,6 was interviewed in 2006 on KUOW-FM's The Beat,1 and was in the documentary Slam Planet: War of the Words7 In 2007 Mojgani was on HBO's Def Poetry Jam8 and placed 2nd in Poetry Slam, Inc's 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam9 and won first place at 2007 World Cup Poetry Slam held in Bobigny, France as part of the French National Slam Championships among 16 National Poetry Slam Champions10 and published and cover in the Summer 2007 edition of RATTLE11
Mojgani cites several influences: "Jeffrey McDaniel, Richard Brautigan, Charles Bukowski, Gregory Corso, Kerouac, MF DOOM, Aesop Rock, Robert Rauschenberg, Basquiat, Chris Ware, Frank Miller, Saul Williams, Walt Whitman, Savannah, GA, New York City, New Orleans, being broke, being a hermit, Shoot the Piano Player, the Bahá'í writings and history"6 Mojgani was named in the book Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam as one of the poets who "saw success" after leaving New York City's notoriously competitive Poetry Slam community Author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, herself a poet, wrote,
|“||Anis Mojgani slammed in New York City for a couple of years and made the 2004 NYC-Urbana team And everyone liked Anis a lot He was a great poet, and just a great guy Anis moved out of New York City to Portland, Oregon and has since won two Individual National Poetry Slam championships Two! Oh, and his first victory was made legendary by a technical problem In the middle of his poem, the lights in the theater turned off Just boom—blackness In the middle of his poem Can you imagine But Anis just kept going, and the crowd loved it And they all started taking pictures, and the flashes lit the stage as he was performing, and it was it was just magical, really I mean, that's the power of the poetry slam To have moments like that12||”|
His book The Feather Room was a 2011 National Book Award nominee13
Mojgani is featured performing a live poem in "Heartbreak Dreamer," the first song on Oregonian Mat Kearney's 2015 album Just Kids
- Poetry Slam, Inc
- ^ a b ""Anis Mojgani"" "The Beat" Season 2006 Episode 2006-08-28 permanent dead link
- ^ SeattlePoetrySlamorg "Apr 16- 3rd SemiFinal Slam & Featured Poet Anis Mojgani" Events SeattlePoetrySlamorg Archived from the original on July 2008 Retrieved 2008-04-08
- ^ Alan, Eric 2007 "Anis Mojgani Bio" Zork Retrieved 2008-04-08 dead link
- ^ See pictures of artists - second picture in series and caption - Mennillo, Tom; Bahá'í International Community 2003-12-17 "South surges towards success" Bahá'í World News Service
- ^ Spokane7 2007-10-18 "Anis Mojgani Interview" NEWS Spokane 7 Archived from the original on 2007-12-21 Retrieved 2008-04-08
- ^ a b The Commonline Project 2007 "An Interview with Anis Mojgani" The Commonline Project 0 13
- ^ anonymous 2006 "Slam Planet 2006" IMDB Retrieved 2008-04-08
- ^ ""Season 6 Episode 4"" "Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry Jam" Season 6 Episode 4 2006
- ^ Poetry Slam, Inc 2007-02-19 "And the Winner of the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam Is…" Poetry Slam, Inc Archived from the original on 16 May 2008 Retrieved 2008-04-08
- ^ Anonymous 2007-07-03 "FR- Anis Mojgani wins first ever "World Cup of Poetry" in Bobigny, France" GotPoetrycom Archived from the original on 2011-07-11 Retrieved 2008-04-08
- ^ Mojgani, Anis Summer 2007 "The Branches are full of these orchards heavy" Rattle - Poetry for the 21st Century 2007 27 Frieda C Fox Family Foundation
- ^ Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe 2008 Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam Soft Skull Press Page 359 ISBN 1-933368-82-9
- ^ "ANIS MOJGANI Full CV" pdf Anis Mojgani, http://thepianofarmvirbcom/about Retrieved 2012-05-20 External link in |publisher= help
- Anis Mojgani's LiveJournal
- Anis Mojgani's MySpace
- Watch Anis Mojgani read a poem at Open-Door Poetry
- Audio of "Shake the Dust," "Cradle," "Invincible" and "Here I Am" among others on Indiefeed Performance Poetry Channel
- Badilisha Poetry Exchange Profile
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