Ari Honarvar is the founder of Rumi With A View, dedicated to Rumi translation, performance and visual poetry art. She blends Persian calligraphy and paintings to present Rumi’s poetry in new and evocative ways.
In her performances she collaborates with musicians and dancers of different cultures and presents a dynamic program including poems in Farsi and English in the form of Deklameh, Rumi stories, and Ari’s own encounters with the soul-saving power of poetry growing up during the Iran-Iraq War. She has recently joined Musical Ambassadors of Peace to help build poetry and musical bridges across war torn borders.
As a young girl growing up in Shiraz Iran, Ari took Persian calligraphy lessons and years later began incorporating Persian calligraphy in paintings. In 2013 she met the passionate artist and Persian poetry lover, Carmen Costello. They have been collaborating ever since blending Rumi and other masters’ poems with paintings. The fruit of their collaboration, Rumi’s Gift Oracle Deck featuring 33 calligrams is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers. The deck also includes Ari’s original translations and an accompanying commentary booklet.
Ari has been invited and continues to speak at various functions. She has presented at universities, peace events and veterans groups. Her work has been featured on NPR, TV, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, Elephant Journal and elsewhere.
*Deklameh is the art of becoming the poem.