Bolan

About

 

I am the founder and former editor of REORIENT and the Canadian Desk Editor of ArtAsiaPacific. I have also contributed to a host of other high-profile publications, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Telegraph, Forbes, CNN, the BBC, GQ, Another Man, Paper, Vanity Fair, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine, The White Review, The LA Review of Books, Christie’s, and Frieze, been interviewed by ones like Newsweek (which referred to me as a ‘leading figure in the art world’ in 2016), PRI, Monocle, The Art Newspaper, and the CBC, and seen my articles republished in a wide variety of languages.
 
As well, throughout my adventures in journalism, I’ve interviewed Paul Smith, Zandra Rhodes, Ronnie Wood, Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, Kenzo Takada, Isabel Marant, Agnès B., Johnny Marr, Salma Hayek, John Varvatos, Terry O’Neill, Anna Sui, Katharine Hamnett, Chris Stein (Blondie), Glen Matlock, Betsey Johnson, and Barbara Hulanicki, amongst many other luminaries.
 
In 2015, I was granted an International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC) by London’s Royal College of Art. Other prestigious institutions, such as the V&A Museum, the Courtauld Institute, and the University of Southern California have also recognised and made mention of me, as have fashion brands like Pull & Bear and technology firms including Apple and Microsoft.
 
I am also the author of a novella (Coming Down Again), a novel (Guguli), five volumes of poetry (The Sailor; Turncoats of Paradise; Down the Twilit Hill; Elsewhere; and Lovers of Light), a translation of Persian poetry (The Quatrains of Omar Khayyam), and a collection of stories (With My Head in the Clouds and Stars in My Eyes). In addition, my writing can be found in such books as Sarah Maple’s Not My Cup of Tea and UNCOMMON DUBAI +.

Education

MSc in Management
Cass Business School, City, University of London
 
BBA
Schulich School of Business, York University

Notable Positions Held

Editor, REORIENT

Canadian Desk Editor, ArtAsiaPacific

Online Guest Editor, Columbia Journal

Reader, Harvard Review

Reader, Granta

Awards

International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC)
Royal College of Art