On April 27, 2020, Governor Kate Brown named Anis Mojgani the tenth Poet Laureate of Oregon.
Born in New Orleans to Black and Iranian parents, Mojgani first called Oregon home in 2004. The author of five books of poetry, he has also done commissioned work for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and April 2021 will see the premiere of his first opera libretto, “Sanctuaries.” Mojgani has performed at universities, festivals and venues around the globe for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, National Public Radio, as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Platypus, Winter Tangerine, Forklift Ohio and Bat City Review.
First coming to poetry by way of visual arts, Mojgani earned a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia, and has been awarded artist and writer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou’wester and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools. He now serves on the Board of Directors of Literary Arts. Mojgani currently resides in Portland.