nasim asgari

Honours B.A. 

Human Rights & Equity Studies - York University, Toronto

Selected Poetry

Seethrough, 2021

Burning, 2020

Untitled, 2019

what was swept under the persian rug (anthology)

grenade, 2018

Make Ourselves Better, 2018

Forever an Immigrant, 2017

Exotical, 2017

Liminality, 2016

Breath of a Warrior, 2015 

Letter to Katy Perry & the Like- From a 16-Year-Old, 2014

Letter to Maman She will Never Read, 2013

Revolution of Butterflies & Still, a Long Way, 2013

Once Upon a Sunset, 2013

Dreaming the Dream, 2012

Wake Up, 2012

Revolutionize the Soul Step by Step, 2012

A Minaret in Switzerland, 2010

Selected Performances

2021 X Avant- You In Mind, The Music Gallery, RISE, 918 Bathurst

2021 Unity Festival, Unity Charity, Gladstone Hotel/ Virtual Broadcasted on Amazon Music Canada

2021 Art on My Mind, Art Gallery of York University, Virtual

2021 The Good Time To, Bickford Park

2021 Musicians and Poets for Palestine, Virtual

2020 We Keep Each Other Safe, Toronto Prisoners Rights Project, Virtual 

2020 Take Back the Night, Red Dot Project, Seneca College

2020 Stories of Truth 2.0, Racialized Young Professionals, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

2019 Poetry Solidarity & Resilience, GSA Carleton, Carleton University, Ottawa 

2019 Don’t Pass It Down, Mosaic Institute, University of Toronto Mississauga 

2019 Speakout Poetry, Studio.89, Mississauga

2018 FOLD 2018, Brampton

2018 Racism Talk Series, Ryerson Faculty of Community Service, X University

2018    416 RISE, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto

2018 Poetry Evening, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

2017 Nuit Blanche, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

2017   Collecting Personal Archives: A Community Arts Space Project, the Gardiner Museum, 

2017 Creative Time Summit Toronto: Of Homelands and Revolution, Koerner Hall, Toronto

2017 Opening Performance for Lowkey, York University

2017    Celebrating our Voices Panel, Ryerson University, Toronto

2017 Protest Against Muslim Ban, Black Liives Matter TO/ Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia, Toronto

2017 Urban Legends, Ottawa

2017 Newcomer Students Association, X University

2016 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2016 Unity MC and Spoken Word Showcase, Super Wonder Gallery

2015     Launch of the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed, Ontario Human Rights Commission, Toronto

2015     Volume: Sisters Make Noise, Daniels Spectrum 

2014 Spoken Word at Unity Festival 

2014     TedX Rouge River, Toronto Zoo      

Group Exhibitions

2018 Musinterpreted, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto (curated by Truth and Dare Project)

2017 Collecting Personal Archives: A Community Arts Space Project, the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (curated by soJin Chun Zahra Agjee) 

2017 Writer & performer in Madeleine Co’s Listen to the Chorus, a collaborative large scale 4 channel video installation, Nuit Blanche, Toronto (curated by Barbara Fischer)


2020 Hope You Relate,  (a collaborative music video with Terence Penny, Named Tobias, Zakisha Brown and Tracey Kayy), Art Gallery of York University.

2019 CBC Arts Series, “Poetic License: 8 young poets speak their truth in anxious times”.

2017   CBC Arts Series, “Poetic License: Nasim Asgari ‘Forever an immigrant’: An Iranian-Canadian poet takes on turbulent times”.


2018  RISE, an experimental documentary by artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.


Pulse Zine, Students of Colour Collective, University of Victoria, 2021

Exhibition Folio: Ai Weiwei Unbroken, Gardiner Museum, 2019

Nasim Asgari, what was swept under the Persian rug, self-published, 2018

Fatimeh Syed, “Speak Out: How an Inspiring New Generation of Spoken Word Poets Found Their Voices” This Magazine, April 1, 2016.

Desmond Cole, “Taking Action against Bill C-51: A report from Toronto, one of fifty-six Canadian cities protest government’s proposed anti-terror law”, The Walrus, March 16, 2015


The Morning Shift, March 4th, 2020

Metro Morning, Interview with Matt Galloway, March 29, 2018
Radio 1010, Interview with Desmond Cole, 2015


2017-2020  Toronto Public Library, Poetry Saved Our Lives
2019- 2020  All-Star Poetry Series
2018  Art Gallery of York University, Truth Be Told
2013  Unity Charity


2016 RISE Edutainment Community Award

2014 on team that won second place in the York Region District School Board’s Poetry Slam

2014 Unity Charity MVP Award

2013 on team that won first place in the York region District School Board’s Poetry Slam


Ontario Arts Council - BIPOC Artist Development Grant

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