Roxy Azari

Roxanna ‘Roxy’ Azari is an Iranian-American Poet, Performer, and Educator who breathes and works towards transformational social change through language, art, and activism. In 2006, she won both the New York Knicks Poetry Slam and the Urban Word NYC Poetry Slam. Her NYC slam team went on to compete in the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Festival. Azari has performed at the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Bowery Poetry club and Madison Square Garden. She has also appeared at unversities such as: NYU, Columbia, Brown, and Duke. Azari has also been featured in two TV commercials and published in The New York Times. In 2010, Azari was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which enabled her to provide poetry and performance workshops with young women in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. As a Watson Fellow, Azari held numerous performances in France, Morocco, India, Indonesia and Turkey. Holding an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics, Azari infuses her academic background with her visions of challenging social, political, and economic inequalities.