Readings from Seven Nations

global earth
April 3, 2017

This open-mic event celebrates the poetry of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Because poetry knows no borders.

Ellie Schoenfeld, Duluth's current Poet Laureate, hosts an open-mic reading on Monday, April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., celebrating the poetry of writers from the predominantly Muslim countries impacted by the recent travel ban.

When President Trump's executive order temporarily blocked travel and immigration to the United States by people from seven countries in the Middle East, a Tehran-born poet named Kaveh Akbar began tweeting poetry written by poets from those countries, as reported by PBS Newshour. He explained that he was moved to share the "gorgeousness and beauty" of their voices.

Come to the Kathryn A. Martin Library's 4th floor Rotunda to listen to and share your love and gratefulness for poetry that knows no boundaries. The Library and the UMD Department of English are co-hosting this event with the Duluth Poet Laureate Project in recognition of National Poetry Month.

Readers should arrive 15 minutes early to sign up. Plan to limit your speaking time to 5 minutes or less. We will have poems printed in advance for anyone who would like to participate.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, Arrowhead Reading Council, Minnesota Public Radio, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, the English departments at UMD and CSS, and Lake Superior College.

For additional information, contact Charlene Brown at (218) 726-8539.

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