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#UofTGrad16: Zuhra Mossavi

Zuhra Mossavi published her first book of poetry, Cosmos, this past spring. (Photo by Ken Jones)

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Zuhra Mossavi

Spring 2016 will always be a memorable time for Zuhra Mossavi. It’s when she graduated with Double Majors in Mental Health and Health Policy, and, at the same time, she published Cosmos, her first book of poetry.

Zuhra started writing poems in high school. In fact, one of her early pieces, Life’s Purpose, was published in U of T Scarborough’s literary journal, Scarborough Fair, during her first year of university.

“But I never anticipated a poetry book, at least not Cosmos,” she says.

Zuhra’s pieces for the book were inspired by her personal pain and reflection on tragedies happening around the world. At the time, she was hosting shows with UTSC’s Fusion Radio.

“I remember speaking to the audience, telling them how grateful we were, but that we would be concluding our summer shows earlier that term anticipating time needed to take care. I think to take care of our hearts mostly. At least that’s how I felt. “

During that time, Zuhra returned to her poetry writing.

Cosmos is a poetry book reflecting the Cosmos philosophy. Cosmos recognizes concepts of timelessness and infinity,” she says. “It hurt a lot that summer – but in hurting there is learning – and the first poem I have in the book is titled: Resurfacing Poetry.

More of Zuhra’s work can be found on her website.


Why did you come to UTSC?

Despite having been offered scholarships at all of the other four universities that I had applied to, I came to UTSC because I felt like it gave me the right balance of experience and learning. I felt like I could pursue the studies that I was so interested in.

Where do you feel most at home on campus?

I think I felt most at home in the projects that I did. In my second year I founded a campus group organization called Aspire Youth (at UTSC). It has grown since. I just feel like we create home where we go. We create home in our minds and in our hearts – with the people we meet, and in the things we share. Pursuing learning, loving others, sharing kindness. With Aspire Youth we had collaborated with the campus radio station, Fusion Radio. We got to share ideas and discuss with the world, engaging on a global scale.

Quick tip for new first years?

I would challenge first years to do the one thing that scares them. I think by doing something you’ve always feared, you’ll realize how much you can really do – and perhaps all of a sudden opportunities won’t just pass you by, they’ll become real.

What is a “must-do” on campus?

I would highly suggest eating a burger from Hero Burgers. I had my first “Soul” burger… and it was amazing. It could have also been that those who took my order were pretty awesome.

What would you like the world to know about you?

I just published my first book, so I found that had a lot of passion to it. I honestly don’t know what I would like the world to know about me – perhaps more than anything, that I like questions. I want the world to feel comfortable in asking me questions, for learning.

If we call you up in five years, where do you think we will find you?

Probably still trying to figure out how to answer this question! It’s really hard to say.




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