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Roxy Azari      

Spoken Word Artist, Slam Poet & Social Justice Activist

Roxanna ‘Roxy’ Azari is an Iranian-American spoken word poet, performer, storyteller, and educator. Azari combines her passion of art and activism by leading nation-wide performances and writing workshops for students to explore and utilize their voices.

Azari has featured in spaces such as Off-Broadway, the United Nations, PBS, World Channel, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and colleges nationwide. As a former Thomas J. Watson Fellowship recipient, Azari created and facilitated poetry and performance workshops with young women in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and South-East Asia.

Holding a BA in English Literature: Creative Writing and Women’s Studies from Wheaton College (MA) and 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. In addition to conducting workshops and performances, Azari currently serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Women's and Gender Department at Hunter College and a Storytelling Coach for Story2.

Speech Topics





Alternative narratives on the Middle East/ North Africa


Creative Writing

Body Image and Empowerment Workshops

Workshops About How to Use Writing/Performance as a Tool for Activism



Mandela: A Spoken Word Poet and Social Activist for Women and Girls

Spoken word poets, Roxy Azari and Tahani Salah, perform "Gutted Fish" about sexual violence against girls. As we all move from this sad day forward, ...

Open mind, open heart – Wheaton Quarterly

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