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Anis Mojgani
Born (1977-06-13) June 13, 1977 (age 46)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma mater Savannah College of Art and Design ( BFA, MFA)
10th Oregon Poet Laureate
Assumed office
April 27, 2020
Preceded by Kim Stafford

Anis Mojgani ( Persian: انیس مژگانی) (born June 13, 1977) is an American 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]

Early life and education

Mojgani was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He later 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 arts. [2] [3]


Over the course of his career, Mojgani has been a member of several poetry slam teams. 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, [4] was interviewed in 2006 on KUOW-FM's The Beat, [1] and was in the documentary Slam Planet: War of the Words. [5] In 2007 Mojgani was on HBO's Def Poetry Jam [6] and placed 2nd in Poetry Slam, Inc.'s 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam [7] 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 Champions. [8] and published and cover in the Summer 2007 edition of RATTLE. [9]

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, Georgia, New York City, New Orleans, being broke, being a hermit, Shoot the Piano Player, the Baháʼí writings and history." [4] 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.

His book The Feather Room was a 2011 National Book Award nominee. [10] Mojgani is featured performing a live poem in "Heartbreak Dreamer", the first song on Mat Kearney's 2015 album Just Kids.

On April 27, 2020, it was announced that Oregon Governor Kate Brown had appointed Mojgani as the 10th Oregon poet laureate. [11] [12] [13]

Personal life

Mojgani is a member of the Baháʼí Faith [14] [15] and participated in the Black Men's Gathering initiative across 2003–2010 including trips for the religion to Brazil and a youth leadership meeting in the U.S.


  • In the Pockets of Small Gods ( Write Bloody Publishing, 2018; ISBN  1938912845)
  • The Pocketknife Bible: The Poems and Art of Anis Mojgani ( Write Bloody Publishing, 2015; ISBN  978-1938912528)
  • Songs From Under the River: A collection of early and new work ( Write Bloody Publishing, 2013; ISBN  978-1938912245)
  • The Feather Room ( Write Bloody Publishing, 2011; ISBN  978-1935904748)
  • Over the Anvil We Stretch ( Write Bloody Publishing, 2008; ISBN  978-0981521343)

See also


  1. ^ a b ""Anis Mojgani"". "The Beat". Season 2006. Episode ?. August 28, 2006.[ permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Apr 16- 3rd SemiFinal Slam & Featured Poet Anis Mojgani". Events. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  3. ^ Frederick Landry; Harvey McMurray; Richard W. Thomas (2011). The Story of the Baha'i Black Men's Gathering. Wilmette, IL: Baháʼí Publishing Trust. pp. 79, 100. ISBN  978-0-87743-360-6. OCLC  854879783.
  4. ^ a b The Commonline Project (2007). "An Interview with Anis Mojgani". The Commonline Project. No. 13.
  5. ^ anonymous (2006). "Slam Planet (2006)". IMDb. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  6. ^ ""Season 6 Episode 4"". "Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry Jam". Season 6. Episode 4. 2006.
  7. ^ Poetry Slam, Inc. (February 1, 2007). "And the Winner of the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam Is…". Poetry Slam, Inc. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  8. ^ Anonymous (July 3, 2007). "FR- Anis Mojgani wins first ever "World Cup of Poetry." in Bobigny, France". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  9. ^ Mojgani, Anis (Summer 2007). "The Branches are full of these orchards heavy". Rattle – Poetry for the 21st Century. Vol. 2007, no. 27. Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation.
  10. ^ "ANIS MOJGANI • Full CV" (PDF). Anis Mojgani. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
  11. ^ Vondersmith, Jason. "Portland author Anis Mojgani named Oregon Poet Laureate". Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "News around the state". The Observer. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  13. ^ Tonthat, Steven. "Anis Mojgani named Oregon's 10th Poet Laureate". Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Alan, Eric (2007). "Anis Mojgani Bio". Zork. Retrieved April 8, 2008.[ permanent dead link] [ dead link]
  15. ^ See pictures of artists – second picture in series and caption – Mennillo, Tom; Baháʼí International Community (December 1, 2003). "South surges towards success". Baháʼí World News Service.

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