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

Human beings are members of a whole, in creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain.
_Golestan (1258),
Sa’adi Shirazi (b. Shiraz, ca. 1210; d. Shiraz, d. 1291 or 1292)


POETIC SOCIETIES is a 501(c)(3) Transmedia Poetry and Healing Technologies Nonprofit Organization in Waawiiyaataanong (Detroit, MI). Our community investigates the poetic-body-mind-conscious modes of individual and institutional life to support artists, technologists, cultural workers, and community-based organizations in creating collaborative spaces that elevate and connect the narratives of the oppressed bodies against systemic violence.

By de-isolating individual and collective acts of poetic resilience, POETIC SOCIETIES cultivates transnational celebratory memories of healing self, land, and sense of belonging across the earth. Our vision is an interconnected network for the globally marginalized majorities; one that circulates ancestral and digital tactics of poetic existence across all borders.


POETIC SOCIETIES is a 501(c)(3) Detroit-based nonprofit organization that produces transcultural arts and healing technologies to inaugurate poetic-body-mind conscious modes of institutional performance and revolutionize oppressive temporal and spatial bylaws and operating procedures across geographical, cultural, socioal, and political borders.


Somatic, sonic, and scenic liberation of the oppressed bodies across the earth.


Through ongoing research, creative consultation and residency programs, cultural and community organizing efforts, creation of tactical media, production of educational and curatorial projects, and celebratory public interventions POETIC SOCIETIES, connects diverse communities in transcultural and transnational modes of participation, communication, and creative organization. We use the internet and co-presence technologies to circulate liberating tactics for ending systemic ableism, racism, sexism, and ageism community to community across all nations against the misleading corporate and media corruptions.

POETIC SOCIETIES builds global solidarity by revitalizing ancestral knowledge lost due to migration, forced displacement, processes of enslavement, and cultural appropriation. We dedicate our work to the ancestral and digital healing of self, land, and senses of belonging against the normalization of imperial, colonial, and fascist forces.

At a time of restricted travel, limited physical proximity, online scrutiny, and suppressed public creation, we work within and beyond the North End neighborhood of Waawiiyaataanong (Detroit) to amplify intersectional dynamics of solidarity and resonate with the multiversal vibrations of cosmic transformation. We recognize the importance of this work for our local, national, and global communities in this historical duration and initiate essential sharing strategies to address the intergenerational traumas caused by the constant forms of mental-control and body oppression.

As a community of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Immigrant, Queer, Non-conforming gender, and Displaced bodies, we are gifted with daring life experiences and observations. We use our power-of-interdependency to navigate unconventional moments of growth, conflict, and suppression for our continuation.

To us, humans are poetic beings who are not subjects of any nation-state and flourish in poetic environments. We design digital and physical spaces to cultivate transnational memories of healing and hand over immortal acts of social justice across temporal and spatial zones beyond the environmental, socio-geographical, and political separations. We value, document, and share experiences of migration and imagine a global justice network that elevates healing frequencies across the earth beyond the suppressive forms of convention through multi-presence forms of manifestation.



POETIC SOCIETIES is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is registered in the State of Michigan, USA.


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

As a collective of Indigenous, Black, Immigrant, Brown, 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 values, commitments, and priorities. For more information please read this.


All POETIC SOCIETIES‘ contracts, agreements, and collaborations are co-created 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, Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, Latinx, Women, and LGBTQIA+ 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.



POETIC SOCIETIES’ Founder, Ava Ansari, is an Iranian immigrant transmedia poet,  performance artist, transcultural curator, and Iyengar Yogi (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. Ava 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. 


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. 


Taraneh Fazeli is an Iranian-American curator, writer, and educator living between Waawiiatanong/Detroit and Lenapehoking/Brooklyn. After a decade working at NYC-based arts organizations such as Artforum, e-flux, Triple Canopy, and The New Museum, she became an independent curator in 2016. Taraneh is currently working on a book rooted in her traveling group exhibition Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying. Both a space for reflection on the project and a field guide of associated approaches, within the artists, curators, and cultural organizers involved draw a map towards possible emancipatory futures centered on healing justice, disability justice, racial justice, and climate justice. With Aiko Fukuchi and Owólabi Aboyade, Taraneh is also co-founder of Relentless Bodies, a Detroit-based creative disability justice collective. Taraneh roots the accessiblity practices she brings to Poetic Societies at the intersection of the disability and diasporic art communities she calls home. She makes delicious kuku sabzi, gives epic studio visits, has Virgo organizing skills, and a mean left hook.


Salar Ansari is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist, sound engineer, producer, DJ,  and educator. He is the Director of Resonance at POETIC SOCIETIES, Co-founder of Feeder Loft in Detroit, and Co-founder of Analog Room, an international music residency in Iran and UAE. His work is focused on the intersections of analog and digital production, sonic and musical curation, site-specific sound installation, community-based collaboration, underground space-making, and professional exchange-based studio recording for black and brown musicians. Through the 15 years of his professional career, Salar has worked to entangle the chaotically resonating sounds and struggles of distant minorities at their fullest, free from the stereotypical cultural impositions, mainstream reductions, and succumbing of the global capitalist music industry.


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.