"Afghanistan has been rocked by the departure of U.S. forces and the takeover by the Taliban in what’s quickly turned into a humanitarian crisis. In times of uncertainty and pain, poet Marjan Naderi says it can help to make space for humanity, something she does through her poetry.
Naderi speaks with WAMU’s Jonathan Wilson about poetry in a time of crisis and what we can learn from reading and listening to the work of Afghan poets. She also reads her new poem, I only remember Afghanistan’s beauty, I tell you."
Interviewing Rob Kenner about Nipsey Hussle
Rob Kenner is the author of The Marathon Don't Stop, The Life and times of Nipsey Hussle
This “beautiful tribute to a legendary artist” (Quincy Jones) is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up. Rob Kenner will appear live to discuss his new book, THE MARATHON DON'T STOP, in conversation with members of the First Wave Cohort from the University of Wisconsin.
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Feb 10, 2021
KNOWING MARJAN NADERI
by Ariana Perez @ D.C. Trending
"Naderi is proud of her heritage and of who she is - and it shows. Not just through her poetry, but also her expressions, anecdotes, and the way she embraces her culture in everything she does."
Dec. 22, 2020
HOW A YOUNG POETRY CHAMPION FOUND HER VOICE — MARJAN NADERI
by Baktash Ali @ Stories of Transformation
"But for Marjan, the work was never about the accolades nor the attention; from the beginning, poetry was a tool which facilitated her own self-discovery, self-expression, and healing. She was able to channel her life’s trauma into her poetry, and in her performances, she magnifies the weight of her words through movement and body language."
Feb 16, 2021
DC’s 2020 youth poet laureate finds renewed hope in writing, community and a new presidency
by Kelly Mcdonnell @ The D.C. Line
“The poems we write will change nations, so long as we are given the platform,” Naderi said. “These youth poets are the future. We are writing history. We are writing and creating and moving a part of the force. We are the force itself. We come and we bless.”
April 30, 2021
Folklife Today - Folklife and Poetry (S3E5)
@ The Library of Congress
"Guest Michelle Stefano of the American Folklife Center discusses “Rhyming the Archive,” an event in which members of the poetry slam team Split This Rock wrote poems inspired by materials in the archive and performed them at an event at the Library of Congress. The poet Marjan Naderi reads her work “The Lessons My Mother Taught Me While Preparing Dinner.”
Jan. 26, 2021
At The Intersection Of Poetry And Politics @ 88.5FM, The Kojo Show
"Last week’s inauguration was like no other: It took place two weeks after a deadly insurrection at the Capitol, and a week after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump a second time. Many were struck by the outfits of attendees. But the showstopper was Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, who read her inaugural poem... Youth Poet Laureate Marjan Naderi to talk about poetry and language during tumultuous times. And we hear how the pandemic has shaped their writing.”
Jan. 22. 2020
A Young Poetry Champion in The Nation's Capital
"For the last five years, Words, Beats and Life Inc. has held a competition to decide which young person will represent D.C. as the District’s Youth Poet Laureate. The title comes with a book deal, performance tour and workshops with famous poets.
For many poets, of all ages, the craft is much more than an art form. It’s a tool for educating their audiences about trauma or social woes and a means for personal healing.
Kojo sits down with Marjan Naderi, the 2020 D.C. Youth Poet Laureate, to learn about her process — and how she uses poetry to tell stories about her cultural identity."
IN THE NEWS
The trees have eyes in Strathmore’s mesmerizing art installation ‘Monuments’
"The six artists and creators recognized in the Strathmore iteration of Monuments were selected by a panel, based on their impact in the local community." "The faces of poet Marjan Naderi, left, and visual artist Terron Cooper Sorrells are projected onto trees in Strathmore’s outdoor art installation “Monuments: Creative Forces.”
"Congratulations on being a leader in training. Not many young people have the patience and ambition that you possess. You all inspire me to put my game face on when I challenge the world. Though you all are beams of light, the adult world has grumpy grown-ups and boring corporations. Here are my three secrets for surviving through the unknown world of adulthood."
"Others, such as Marjan Naderi, 18, spent their time distributing food, hand sanitizer, and water..."
Poems projected across Arlington during “Visual Verse” series
"Using the latest projection technology, Arlington County’s “Visual Verse” series brings a diverse array of poets literally into the public square by projecting their poems onto large, highly-visible edifices. Dr. Karapetkova, Professor of Literature & Languages at Marymount University and the County’s Poet Laureate, was featured in the series, along with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria and 2020 D.C. Youth Poet Laureate Marjan Naderi. The work of these four poets was brought to life by Robin Bell."