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Majid Naficy
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Majid Naficy and Hooshang Golshiri in Los Angeles, April 1992
Born1952 (age 68–69)
Isfahan, Iran
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Majid Naficy (Persian: مجید نفیسی‎) is an Iranian-American poet (born in Isfahan, Iran February 22, 1952). He published poetry in Iran until the Iranian Revolution. He was a member of Confederation of Iranian Students and a member of the independent Marxist Peykar Organization after the Iranian Revolution until 1982.[1] Naficy moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1984, joining a group of Los Angeles-based exile poets. He continues to write and publish poetry, and has been recognized for his work by multiple organizations.

Personal Life[edit]

Naficy was forced to leave Iran in 1970. He had joined a Marxist student movement with the goal of overthrowing the Shah. As a result, he temporarily fled Iran on horseback through Turkey. In 1970 Naficy moved to Los Angeles to study Linguistics at UCLA. In 1972 he returned to Iran.[2]

On September 19 1981, Naficy's wife Ezzat Tabaian was abducted and then executed by Ayatollah Khomeini’s security forces on January 7, 1982 in Evin Prison.[3] In 1982, Naficy's brother Saeed and his wife Fahimeh had disappeared in Tehran.[4] He permanently left the region in 1983. After a stay in Paris, France he returned to Los Angeles, California. He continued his poetry work and became part of the "Tehrangeles" diasporic community in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. [5]


In 1965, at age fourteen, Naficy published two poems in Jong magazine.[6] He became the youngest member of Jonge-e Isfahan literary circle.[7]

His 1994 poem, "Ah, Los Angeles" {آه لس‌آنجلس), starts with these lines:

Ah, Los Angeles!
I accept you as my own city,
And after ten years
I am at peace with you.

The City of Venice erected a stanza of this poem in the public space on the intersection of Boardwalk and Brooks Avenue in 2000.[8]


Majid Naficy is one of the six poets featured in the film Poetry of Resilience directed by the Oscar-nominated documentary film-maker Katja Esson.[9]

He was the first writer in residence in Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica from 2009 to 2010.[10]

A performance of Naficy's work was included in a 2019 exhibit of artist Shirin Neshat titled "I Will Greet the Sun Again" at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles.[11]


  1. "Peykar: Thought and Struggle". Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  2. "Los Angeles Iranian poet writes in Persian about life in America: 'I have both worlds within me'". Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  3. "Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran : Ezzat Taba'iyan". Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  4. "Iroon: Khomeini's Visit". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  5. "Los Angeles Iranian poet writes in Persian about life in America: 'I have both worlds within me'". Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  6. "Majid Naficy: The TNB Self-Interview". Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  7. "Encyclopedia Iranica: A Case Study in Distance Learning Systems: The Free University of Iran". Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  8. Louise Steinman (February 7, 2001). "Poet of the Revolution". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  9. "Poetry of Resilience". Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  11. "The Logic of Poetry and Dreams - Majid Naficy". The Broad. November 7, 2019. Retrieved 2018-04-01.

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