Majid Naficy

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Majid Naficy
مجید نفیسی‎
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Born (1952-02-22) February 22, 1952 (age 71)
Isfahan, Iran
CitizenshipIran, United States of America
Years active1965-present
Spouse(s)Ezzat Tabaian

Philosophy career
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Main interests
  • Poetry
  • Iranian Culture
  • Human Rights
Notable ideas
Jonge-e Isfahan
  • Arthur Rimbaud

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

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]

In the media



  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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