Transmedia Poetry & Healing Technologies Network for the Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic Liberation of the Oppressed Bodies.

POETIC SOCIETIES is a 501(C)(3) Transmedia Poetry & Healing Technologies Network for the Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic Liberation of the Oppressed Bodies. We work with poetry in all forms for the ancestral and digital healing of self, land, and senses of belonging against the normalization of violence. We receive poetry as a migrational art that travels chest to chest and heart to heart, carrying the history of the people and handing over immortal acts of social justice across temporal and spatial zones.

Our network media, multilocational programs, and public interventions disseminate non-reductionist approaches for dismantling systemic racism, sexism, and ageism across the earth. At a time of restricted travel, limited physical proximity, online scrutiny, and suppressed public life, we work to cultivate transnational celebratory memories of togetherness and amplify intersectional dynamics of solidarity. POETIC SOCIETIES recognizes the importance of this work for its local and global communities and as an essential sharing strategy for healing intergenerational trauma.

As a community of black, brown, indigenous, immigrant, queer, non-conforming gender, and displaced bodies, we are evolutionary beings who carry the wisdom of interdependence and are capable of navigating unconventional moments of growth and conflict.  We receive humans as poetic-beings emerging in poetic environments. We emphasize on the experiences of migration to circulate life force and resilience beyond the environmental, socio-geographical, and political separations. We value, document, and share migrational perspectives and visualize a global justice movement for overcoming the brutalities of the corporate giants.


Poetic Societies is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit and partner of the Iranian American Museum (IAM) for connecting the isolated stories of Iranians to the struggles of global marginalized communities.

Poetic Societies is a constant practice and dialogue of decolonization of our tongues, minds, bodies, work habits, and lifestyles. We function in poetic cosmic times and spaces and are not obligated to the notions of time, productivity, and existence dictated by the white privilege including deadlines, senses of perfection, and ideas of productivity and professionalism. 

As a collective of indigenous, immigrants, blacks, browns, queer, and non-conforming gender beings, we are healing from the experiences of complex and interconnected traumas of colonialism and constantly practice setting boundaries to respectfully communicate our passions and needs. For more information please read this.


All Poetic Societies’ contracts, agreements, and collaborations are executed from the space of abundance. We value poetic currencies and receive humans as poetic-beings emerging in poetic environments.

Poetic Societies generates income through artistic, cultural, and educational services, partnerships, and grants. We price our products and services on a sliding scale so fees are thereby reduced for those who have lower incomes. We do not tolerate nor accept resources or partnerships from individuals and entities that sabotage intersectional and environmental justice.

Poetic Societies is a registered Art Space Sanctuary and requests the immediate determination of the wide-ranging crime, violence, and assault on selective populations, including indigenous, Black, migrants, refugees, Muslims, Latinx, women, and LGBTQI+ communities, as well as artists, academics, scientists, and the press inside the US and across the globe. Our residents stand together to build horizontal and non-hierarchical networks of meaningful inclusion and participation. Our mother-hub is Detroit, a resilient city of diverse immigrants. 


Director of Healing Togetherness, Ava Ansari
Poetic Societies’ Founder, Ava, is a transmedia poet—performer, movement artist, yogi—and transcultural curator—educator, producer, and community organizer (She/They). Since 2010, Ava has been working with her voice, body, language, telepresence and network technologies, and distant communities to choreograph transnational and transactional celebratory dynamics and design tactical media that enable body-conscious modes of arts and policy making. She holds an MA in Arts and Public Policy from The New York University Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Media Studies from Allameh Tabataba’i University School of Communication in Tehran.

Director of Respectful Process, Halima Cassells
Halima Afi Cassells is an interdisciplinary community-engaged artist, mom of three, and an avid gardener with deep roots in Waawiiatanong/Detroit, MI. Halima practices the collaborative and indigenous notions of freedom, work, value, and disposability in participatory contexts through projects such as the Free Market of Detroit. Her book, Fashioning the Free Market, documents the project’s journey from its hyperlocal inception to its global receptions at Njelele Art Station in Zimbabwe and FLORA ars+natura in Bogota, Colombia. As an advocate for all artists and cultural practitioners, Halima has spearheaded many grassroots movements that uplift cultural capital from the marginalized communities. 

Director of Liberating Resonance, Salar Ansari
Salar started his journey of tech and sound at age 14 in Tehran. Still a studio cat, he lives and works in Detroit as a sound engineer, producer, composer, educator, and DJ. Salar is the co-founder of Feeder Loft with Luis Resto, former manager of Transmat Record Label of Derrick May, and co-founder of Analog Room, an international electronic music residency in Iran and UAE.

Director of Spatial Justice, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins
Recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars on African Americans in architecture, Craig is an architect, theorist, author, critic, and 2017 National Design Award Winner. His essay, “(W)Rapped Space: The Architecture of Hip Hop” (2006) is the first theoretical source that predicted the influence of hip hop on architecture. His first book, The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on race, space, architecture and music received a 2008 Montaigne Medal and 2009 National Indie Excellence Award.