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, Yes! Magazine, Vice, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere. An acclaimed speaker, Ari teaches workshops and presents at conferences, universities, nonprofits, and other venues. Her debut novel, A Girl Called Rumi, is forthcoming in 2021 from Forest Ave. Press.
Growing up in Shiraz, Iran, Ari learned Persian calligraphy from an old master. Years after her lessons, she still melds her love of Persian poetry and calligraphy and creates calligram paintings. In 2018, she used a few dozen of her calligrams to bridge elements of Western tarot and Eastern practice of poetry divination in Rumi’s Gift Oracle Deck. The box includes 33 Rumi calligram cards produced in collaboration with the talented visual artist, Carmen Costello, 33 poem cards, and an accompanying commentary booklet featuring original translations and meditations.
As a performer, Ari collaborates with musicians of different cultures and presents a dynamic program including poems, stories, and music. As part of her continuous efforts to build poetry and musical bridges across war-torn and conflict-ridden borders, she is the Iranian Musical Ambassador of Peace and has spearheaded the Drop Poems Not Bombs project. She is also the Vice President of Gente Unida, a human rights border coalition.