About

Ari Honarvar is an award-winning writer, speaker, and artist dedicated to building bridges between the arts, social justice, and well-being. She is a Solution Journalism Network presenter and her words have appeared in Teen Vogue, The Guardian,  Newsweek, New York Times, and elsewhere. Her flash-fiction stories are featured in The Nature of Cities anthologies, A Flash of Silver Green (2nd place Award, 2019), and City in a Wild Garden (1st Place Award, 2021).

Ari’s critically acclaimed debut novel, A Girl Called Rumi (2021, Forest Ave. Press), is a BookFest Award Winner, a Nautilus Award Winner, a Locus Award Finalist, a Foreword INDIES Award Finalist, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2022. She is the author and illustrator of Rumi’s Gift  (2018, Schiffer Publishing), featuring an oracle deck and an accompanying book of Ari’s original translations, meditations, stories, and artistic collaboration with the renowned illustrator, Carmen Costello.

As part of her ongoing mission to build bridges through poetry and music across war-torn and conflict-ridden borders, Ari serves as the Iranian Musical Ambassador of Peace.  She dances with refugees and facilitates “Resilience through Joy” workshops for refugees and volunteers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and in Europe. Due to the program’s success, she now offers customized versions to educational institutions, groups, nonprofits, and corporations dedicated to social justice.

TEDx 2023 —When Savoring a Pleasant Moment is a Radical Act

Her recent Washington Post op-ed on Arranged Friendships has elicited an overwhelming worldwide response. She has been interviewed by different podcasts and publications on the subject including The Atlantic’s Friendship Files and is now helping facilitate other arranged friendship groups.

A celebrated speaker, Ari presents at conferences, universities, nonprofits, and various other venues. In live performances, she collaborates with musicians from different cultures, delivering a dynamic program that includes poems, stories, and music.

Ari is the founder of the Drop Poems Not Bombs project, sending musical love letters from American musicians to the people of Iran, and Dance for Freedom, a project garnering global support for Iranian protesters.