Former national newspaper and magazine music journalist, arts editor and theatre critic. Present women’s editor and features commissioning editor at The Guardian.
I write humor pieces for the New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs; personal essays; and essays on pop culture trends, digital lives (as they evolve with tech), music, and sports. I was the founding editor of AboveAverage.com, a comedy website in the Broadway Video family. I’m currently an associate producer at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and look forward to writing more pieces on a range of topics.
I’m aspiring magazine writer pursuing a career in sports and pop culture writing. Complex, Grantland, ESPN, Slam, The Atlantic and New York Times magazine are my favorite publications and I would consider any of those destinations a dream job. However, as a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Maryland, I am willing and eager to work anywhere I get the opportunity.
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 can pretty much do anything, but my favourite things to write about and discuss are the feminist intersections of pop culture. I love television, I love movies and I love talking about what television and movies say about us as a collective. I can write for eternity about the way sexuality is perceived differently by race and how history feeds into those assumptions, but I can also write about the amazing way that Frozen subverted the “true love” trope and what it means to have overtly feminist media representations for children. If you need something written about pop culture, I’m your gal.
Author of EVERY KISS A WAR, shortlisted for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Iowa Short Fiction Award.
Editor of WhiskeyPaper, WhiskeyPaper Press.
Represented by Kerry D’Agostino/Curtis Brown Ltd.
From London, England; live in Jersey City, USA
Curated “Space is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film” at BAMcinematek, Brooklyn
Have appeared on BBC One Film Show as a guest critic
Frequently moderate onstage Q&As and panels
-I have a master’s from UCLA in Asian American Studies
-I’m a stem cell donor to an unrelated donor who survived thanks to transplant
-My mom is Jewish from Ireland and my Dad is Korean
-Author of forthcoming novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves
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’m hardworking, and a very, VERY good writer that deserves more work, if I do so say so myself! I have written a book and I would like to get it published soon! Everything from Race—to Films/TV Show—Pop Culture—to Zayn Malik—to Feminism—to Serial Killers. I can write the shit out of many things. I love writing about all the aforementioned topics because I can write passionately about them by applying personal experiences, facts, and history on to them, creating a tapestry of writing that is both profound, and entertaining.