Ari Honarvar is an award-winning writer, visual artist, and speaker. As a journalist, she is curious about many topics, including social justice, parenting, and mental health. Her words have appeared on Parents, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, Washington Post, Newsweek, and elsewhere. As part of her continuous efforts to build poetry and musical bridges across war-torn and conflict-ridden borders, Ari is the Iranian Musical Ambassador of Peace, conducting Resilience through Joy workshops for refugees and volunteers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. She is the author of Rumi’s Gift Oracle Deck and her debut novel, A Girl Called Rumi, is forthcoming in 2021 from Forest Ave. Press.
An acclaimed speaker, Ari teaches workshops and presents at conferences, universities, nonprofits, and other venues. In performances, she collaborates with musicians of different cultures and presents a dynamic program including poems, stories, and music. She is the vice president of Gente Unida, a human rights border coalition, and the founder of Drop Poems Not Bombs project.