nasim asgari

Honours B.A. 

Human Rights & Equity Studies - York University, Toronto

Selected Poetry

Burning, 2020

Untitled, 2019

what was swept under the persian rug (self-published Anthology)

grenade 2018


Make Ourselves Better, 2018

Forever an Immigrant, 2017

Exotical, 2017

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 

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

2016  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2016  Unity Charity 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 & featured performer in Madeleine Co’s Listen to the Chorus, a collaborative large scale 4 channel video installation, Nuit Blanche, Toronto (curated by Barbara Fischer)Video

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”, March 2019.

2017   CBC Arts Series, “Poetic License: Nasim Asgari ‘Forever an immigrant’: An Iranian-Canadian poet takes on turbulent times”, Jan 31, 2017


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


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 to protest the government’s proposed anti-terror law”, The Walrus, March 16, 2015


Metro Morning, Interview with Matt Galloway, March 29, 2018

Radio 1010 Interview with Desmond Cole, 2014 


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

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