Born to Pakistani-American immigrant artists, Jai Hamid Bashir was raised in the American West. She is the daughter of loomsmith, rug designer and master weaver, Hamid Bashir.
With years of academic training, and a commitment to lifelong autodidactic learning, Jai studies various forms of mysticism and theology, climate justice, decolonization and subaltern literature, birth and death rites, gender and sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, animal studies, human and more-than-human systems, plant medicine, classical antiquity, land art, and other forms of inquiry and being.
Jai has an Honors Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. In addition, she is a proud graduate of the Environmental Humanities program at the University of Utah.
An MFA student at Columbia University in the City of New York, she recently received the Linda Corrente Memorial Prize. Jai also is a recent winner of an Academy of American Poets University Prize, and is the 2020 winner of the Zócalo Public Prize and 2020 Nostrovia! Prize.
In addition, Jai also has extensive experience in creative direction, marketing, non-profit work, fashion and styling, interior decorating, and is a food and gardening enthusiast.
The sum of her insatiable curiosities, and treatment of the sacred as a location, culminate into aesthetic and visual ecologies found in her poetry. Her primary influences range from Jalāl ad-Din Muhammad Rūmī to Cecilia Vicuña to Frank Stanford.
Jai has been published extensively. You can view her publications here.
She currently is the executive director of a wedding and event venue located within a historic building in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Please visit that site here: https://www.commercialclubvenue.com/
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