Anis Mojgani was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is the author of five books of poetry, most recently In the Pockets of Small Gods (Write Bloody Publishing, 2018). He also wrote the libretto for the opera Sanctuaries (Third Angle Music, 2021) which revolves around the gentrification and displacement of North Portland and the African Diaspora. His first children’s book, Lifespans of a Rock, is forthcoming in 2023 from Chronicle Books. Mojgani’s work has been commissioned for the Getty and the Peabody Essex Museums. A two-time National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and a winner of the international World Cup Poetry Slam, Mojgani serves on the board of Literary Arts, and is Oregon’s 10th Poet Laureate. In 2021, he received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. He lives in Portland.