Robert Farid Karimi

Performing Arts, 2009

With 25 years of experience as a community engagement specialist and comedic storyteller, Robert Farid Karimi entertains and educates. A Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, his work has appeared in newspapers, NPR, literary journals, and anthologies. A national poetry slam champion, he has featured throughout the country at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Café, Def Poetry Jam, The Smithsonian, and SXSW. Creative Capital, the NEA, the MAP Fund, Mosaic Company Foundation, Warhol Foundation, and SuperValu Foundation have invested in his recent projects. 

He currently works with everyday people in cities, companies, and health centers worldwide on making healthy messaging delicious using comedy, culture and food with his culinary cultural engagement project: ThePeoplesCook Project. And, he speaks on issues as mixed race/consciousness, food politics, community deliciousness and the power of the Fool/Trickster to change the world. His next project, Champion Swimmer, a Knight Cities Challenge Winner, focuses on how culture shapes our fear of water with a pool-based performance piece to bring cultural history and humor back to the conversation about why communities of color don’t swim and create a world where those that fear the pool can find joy and transcend their fear/trauma. For more, go to

Home of Robert Karimi
ThePeoplesCook Project

Awards and Accomplishments


Karimi presents his work in Creative Capital's IdeaFest 2014 panel Art at the Edge


 Karimi has fed over 20,000 people in performances across the nation

2011: Karimi has residency at Intermedia Arts, where he will develop _The Cooking Show_


Karimi is featured in the opening keynote at the Alliance of Artist Communities conference

2010: Karimi receives a MAP Fund grant for _The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades: Diabetes of Democracy_

2010: Karimi receives an NPN Creation Fund grant for _The Cooking Show_, co-commissioned by Intermedia Arts, Asian Arts Initiative and Kaotic Good Productions