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Coffee and Conversation

April 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Dance of Art, Words, and Imagination with Ari Honarvar

In this interactive talk, Ari Honarvar will speak about the creative flow that lies in movement. She will delve into her childhood in post-revolution Iran where both literal movement and the outward expression of creative flow were severely restricted. When she was six, women were abruptly stripped of their freedom to dance or ride bicycles, and poets were jailed. Despite living amidst relentless war and oppression, Iranians found innovative ways to move and express themselves. Ari’s life’s work is inspired by witnessing how people brought creativity and joy into their lives during those dark days. She will discuss her dance sessions with refugees, the power of roaming imagination in storytelling, and her calligram art, where words form vivid images.

Ari Honarvar’s talk corresponds with the celebration of National Poetry Month in April. As part of her program, she will share her beautifully designed oracle cards that feature the poet Rumi’s poems shaped into Farsi calligrams.

About Ari Honarvar 

Ari Honarvar is an award-winning author, artist, and Resilience through Joy facilitator. She dances with refugees on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and her words have been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is the author of the bestselling oracle deck Rumi’s Gift and her novel, A Girl Called Rumi, is based on Ari’s experience growing up in post-revolution Iran.

Caption: Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards

RVSP Required | Space limited $15 non-members | $10 members | $10 Seniors


Kristi Ehrig-Burgess


April 26
10:30 am - 11:30 am