31 Jan 2016

Top slams: Anis Mojgani

From Standing Room Only, 1:30 pm on 31 January 2016
Slam Poet Anis Mojgani

Slam Poet Anis Mojgani Photo: Jonathan Weiskophf

Anis Mojgani has been called the best poetry slammer alive.

He is a two-time champion of the US Individual National Poetry Slam, and has been touring around the world for more than a decade, holding workshops in universities and schools and continuing to publish his poetry online.

Slam poetry is a competition that pits poets against each other on a stage. Each one has three minutes to perform their hearts out in front of an audience, who then gives them a score out of 10.

Aside from his trophies, Anis has also published three books, including the Feather Room, which was nominated for a US National Book Award in 2011.

RNZ reporter and NZ National Poetry Slam winner Mohamed Hassan caught up with Anis ahead of his being part of the New Zealand Festival Writers Week in Wellington and Paekākāriki, and performing at WORD Christchurch.

A version of this interview can be found on The Wireless.