Robert Karimi

Author: Robert Karimi
Credits: Jeff Machtig, courtesy of The John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Robert Farid Karimi, critically acclaimed poet, journalist, educator, theater deviser, poetry slam champion, Def Poetry Jam performer, cultural pot-stirrer, foodie troublemaker, audience engagement specialist who works with only geniuses: MacArthur or otherwise, performs Self (the Remix), Farid Mercury, and The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades. He writes, directs, and seeks funds/resources for his politically sexy, culturally mixed creations. In 2009 he represented the city of Los Angeles at la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, the largest Spanish language book fair in the world.

A former newspaper journalist, his interviews include former President George W. Bush, Janet Reno, Emilio Navaira, and Edward James Olmos. He received a National Association of Hispanic Journalist award for his poetic obituary of Selena. He has been published and recorded internationally in Callaloo, Latino Literature Today, and Raza Spoken Here 2, and most recently featured in Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, edited by Jeff Chang. He has performed spoken word concerts with Saul Williams, the Last Poets, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Michelle Myers, and Funkadesi.

He is now the artistic director of ThePeoplesCook, an organization that nourishes audiences through virtually live delicious artistic and culinary experiences. He currently lives in the neighborhood in between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Most Iranians frown upon his Iranian food because his Guatemalan mother taught him his Iranian grandmother's recipes. For more, ThePeoplesCook.org