Intro to Persian Classical Poetry and Its Motifs

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on March 9–10, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

  • Saturday, March 9, 1:00pm–3:00pm
  • Sunday, March 10, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on March 2nd, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual workshop is taught by CBA instructors Golnar Adili and Saghi Gazerani.
Persian classical poetry is abundant with stunning visual motifs, showcasing a wonderful collaboration between the written and visual arts. After being satiated from the deep well of Persian poets and mystics, you will visually construct selected motifs by creating visual interpretations of the motifs of our own choice.
This workshop will offer students with a general introduction to Classical Persian poetry written ca 1000-1400 CE. You will then read selected verses from famous poets such as Rumi, as well as less-known authors. The discussion will then focus on how the unique aesthetics of this body of poetry is formed. This workshop is designed for those eager to learn more about this treasure trove of brilliant writing and stunning visuals that Persian poetry has to offer.
Fun Fact: Since at least the 12th century, Persian poets have woven verses out of pictorial imagery, while Persian painters intended to evoke poetic contents, mood, and meaning.

Required Materials:

  • Paper
  • Cutting tools
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Acess to a printer or prints of multiples
  • Easy carve
  • Lino carving tools
  • Pencil
  • Roller
  • Paint

A more detailed materials list will be sent to participants after registration.

About Golnar Adili & Saghi Gazerani

Golnar Adili was born in Virginia and moved to Iran when she was four.

She holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, where she received the Thesis Award and was the recipient of the Booth Traveling Fellowship to Tehran, in 2006.

She has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy; Smack Mellon in Brooklyn; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire; Ucross Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming; Lower East Side Printshop in NYC, Guttenberg Arts in New Jersey, the Center for Book Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York; and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; among others.

Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include Nurture Art in Brooklyn; Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA; Cue Art Foundation; International Print Center NY; and the Lower East Side Printshop.

Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books; the Puffin Foundation Grant; and the Urban Artist Initiative Grant.

Golnar is currently a scholarship recipient at Manhattan Graphics Center.


Saghi Gazerani is a historian specializing in medieval cultural history of Iran. She received a PhD from Ohio State’s History Department in 2007. She wrote her dissertation on the epic literature of Iran, examining how the corpus functioned as a genre of historiography memorializing Iran’s ancient past, while at the same time revealing the polemical discourse of power. The revised version of her dissertation was published in 2016 and received an Honorable Mention by the International Society for Iranian Studies. She has published several articles and most of her work has been translated into Persian. Currently she is in the final stages of her second monograph, examining popular medieval literature with the aim to gain an understanding of the ordinary person’s agency in the politics of the medieval Middle East. In addition to her research, she has taught courses in Iran, Turkey, and the United States.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on March 2nd at 11:59pm. The price of this class is $120. This class will be recorded and the recording will be viewable for up to 30 days after the class

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