Pirooz Kalayeh received an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He is the founding member and proprietor behind the musical group, The Slipshod Swingers, and the records Orange Lamborghini (2006) and Transistor Radio (2008). Kalayeh has also served as an Associate Producer and Post Production Coordinator with Weller Grossman Productions and Screen Door Entertainment on several television programs, including STRICTLY SEX WITH DR DREW (DISC), CRAFTLAB (DIY), and LOOK WHAT I DID (HGTV). In 2009, Kalayeh’s first solo directorial feature SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL (2012) was released under his personal label ILIKENIRVANA and had a theatrical release at select theaters throughout the United States. Kalayeh’s documentary feature about Buddhist teacher Brad Warner, entitled BRAD WARNER’S HARDCORE ZEN (2013) premiered at the Buddhist Film Festival in Amsterdam on October 5, 2013. THE HUMAN WAR (2013) was co-produced and co-directed by Kalayeh and premiered at the Beloit International Film Festival on February 21, 2014. His novel THE WHOPPER STRATEGIES details an advertising executive’s journey to package Enlightenment in a Box. Kalayeh is currently working on several web series and film narratives, including the much-anticipated comedy, ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER M.D. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles and South Korea. He interviews various entertainers and artists on his blog, Shikow.
I talk on TV and Radio (Much Music, MTV, CBC’s The Current, Q and Radio 1 news service) and host a monthly radio show on the Toronto Radio Project. Last summer I curated a three-part networking series for young creatives in Toronto called #HustleHard, to facilitate collaboration across scenes and allow people to share their ideas about the cultural economy in Toronto. I am also a juror for the Polaris Music Prize and participate in tons of other readings, panels and talks, when asked. Also, I do all of this and hold down an unrelated day job because I am a boss.
I also publish a website called HeartsConverse.com, where young writers can contribute pieces on relationships, life and culture. I host an event series that gathers young adults to discuss those topics as well called The Kickback.
My weekly newsletter I provide more introspective thoughts:
My book, HOOD, will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2016: “We all wear hoods: the Grim Reaper, Red Riding Hood, torturers, executioners and the executed, athletes, laborers, anarchists, rappers, babies in onesies, and anyone who’s ever grabbed a hoodie on a chilly day. Alison Kinney’s HOOD explores the material and symbolic vibrancy of this everyday garment and political semaphore, which often protects the powerful at the expense of the powerless—with deadly results. Kinney considers medieval clerics and the Klan, anti-hoodie campaigns and the Hooded Man of Abu Ghraib, the Inquisition and the murder of Trayvon Martin, uncovering both the hooded perpetrators of violence and the hooded victims in their sights.”
I’m a student at NYU Gallatin so I’m basically studying how media is expanding and changing, and making sure it changes for the better (more representation of marginalized groups, acceptable humor, wider definitions of what we may consider a film or television show). Great with video production, public speaking, and social media management too. Also available for internships or fellowships.
Willing to write just about any article involving Kanye West.
I have a personal project of tracking music released by queer artists and making lists and stats of what has been released in a specific year.
I’m also making plans to put out an open call for a queer music writers’ anthology of personal essays I’d like to compile and edit, and achieving both gender and racial parity is a top priority of mine.
Soon-to-be graduate at Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies. Currently seeking freelancing opportunities. Top writer for Candor News, writer for Lucy Out Loud, social media intern at Paste Magazine, Open Our Eyes, and Infectious Magazine. Previously published writer in a poetry anthology in 2008.
My current dream piece would be to interview young activists (and young celebs like Amandla Stenberg, Willow Smith, etc.) on how they became knowledgeable about the issues they are passionate about, and how their politics differ from older generations.
I write the Bone Street Rumba Urban Fantasy series, which began in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin’s Roc Books). My first YA novel is Shadowshaper, from Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books. I co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.
I’ve written about pretty much everything. Currently serving as the Associate Editor of Media & Culture at AlterNet, and freelance for various pubs on various topics. Welcome new chances to write for even more.
I’m a part of a poetry/writing community that is filled with other people of color who’s talents are among the best in the nation – we are constantly fighting to take up space in the midst of whiteness and trying to halt the perpetuation of erasure. Let us know what we can do!