On May 14, University of Oregon students will have the opportunity to see renowned slam poet Anis Mojgani perform on campus, free of charge.

Mojgani is one of two people to have won a national individual slam poetry title twice — in 2005 and 2006. He has also been a TEDx speaker, published three collections of poetry and won numerous other awards. His widespread recognition reflects his commitment to poetry both on the page and onstage.

When Brittany Lang saw Mojgani perform at Wordstock, a literary festival in Portland, she was captivated by his poetry and presence.

Lang works for the UO Cultural Forum, and she suggested that the group bring Mojgani to the UO community. She organized May 14’s performance and is excited to see Mojgani perform again.

“He just has a very good energy when he presents his poetry,” Lang said. “I think it’s perfect for a diverse group of students and community members.”

The UO’s own Poetry Slam Team will open for Mojgani. Four poets will perform pieces competed at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational competition in March. Alex Dang, co-founder and co-captain of the team, will also perform.

Though the Cultural Forum planned Mojgani’s appearance, the Poetry Slam Team often plans and performs at similar events, such as the recent appearance by Phil Kaye, another award-winning slam poet.

“We like to ensure that we have regular poetry events on campus,” said Hannah Golden, the team’s other co-founder and co-captain.

For this event in particular, Golden is excited to see Mojgani perform live for the first time. She described him as a sort of pioneer.

“I think Anis has done so much with this art form,” Golden said. “His poetry is very influential. I’m just excited that the U of O has a chance to see this kind of performer up close.”

Lang echoed Golden’s excitement. “He’s one of the most interesting and famous slam poets that we have right now, and he’s not local,” she said.  “You never know when you’re going to get to see someone like him perform.”

Anis Mojgani will perform in Global Scholars Hall 123 at 6 p.m. on May 14. For more information, see the Facebook event.

Editor’s note: Hannah Golden is a former employee of the Emerald.

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