Pirooz Kalayeh received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He has been published in Looking Back (New Brighton Books, 2003); was granted a Zora Neale Hurston Award (Naropa University, 2002); and has published work in Wigleaf, Ducts, Past Simple, Horseless Press, and No Tell Motel. He is the founding member and proprietor behind the musical group, The Slipshod Swingers, and the records Orange Lamborghini (2006) and Transistor Radio (2008). He has also served as an Associate Producer and Post Production Coordinator with Weller Grossman Productions. Some of the television programs he has worked on include STRICTYLY SEX WITH DR DREW (DISC), CRAFTLAB (DIY), and LOOK WHAT I DID (HGTV). In 2009, Kalayeh produced and co-directed THE HUMAN WAR (2011) into a full-length feature for Sangha Films. SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL (2011) is Kalayeh’s second feature and first solo directorial feature released under his personal label ILIKENIRVANA. Kalayeh’s documentary feature about Buddhist teacher Brad Warner, entitled BRAD WARNER’S HARDCORE ZEN (2013) will be released in November. Kalayeh is currently working on several web series and film narratives, including the much-anticipated comedy, ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER M.D. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles and South Korea. He interviews various entertainers and artists on his blog, Shikow.
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