ROBERT FARID KARIMI
At root a comedic storyteller and community engagement specialist, Robert Farid Karimi mixes humor, rasquache aesthetics and performance to communicate poems and stories that feed audiences an interactive cross-cultural collision of joy, pop culture & personal history in theatres, grocery stores, backyards, and off-Broadway. He has played over 40 characters in his 3 solo shows, from Chicano hipsters, to Disco Jesus, to Iranian women who told him how to be a man to pop star Freddie Mercury. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize last year, his writings have appeared in newspapers, NPR, literary journals, and anthologies, most recently Asian American Literary Review. A national poetry slam champion, he has featured throughout the country at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Café, Def Poetry Jam, The Chicago Theater, and SXSW. He is currently the artistic director of his own artistic career and the PeoplesCook Project, which creates projects whereby participants’ stories, recipes, and cultures are the focus of artistic nourishment in order to make healthy messaging delicious.