I’ll be joining my compatriots in DC Poets Against the War for a poetry reading in honor of the Peace Mural. I’ll read for about 15 minutes this afternoon, sometime between 5-6 p.m.
When: Sunday, December 7th
Who: Rose with D.C. Poets Against War
Where: 3336 M St, NW, Washington D.C. (Georgetown on M St almost to the bridge. It’s on the south side of M St. It’s a storefront gallery space. Parking is crazy, but some is available up in the neighborhoods, and there’s a lot a few blocks away)
This event will also feature the presentation of the Peacemaker’s Courage Award to Poets Against the War. The group was formed in January 2003 after Laura Bush “uninvited” poet Sam Hamill to a symposium at the White House entitled Poetry and the American Voice, after she heard he was against the war in Iraq and was planning to read political poems. Ironically, the event was to celebrate two of our nation’s most political poets, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. Mr. Hamill then sent a call for poets to raise their voices for peace. Within a month, he collected thousands of poems from around the world, and Poets Against the War was formed.
Today, more than 8,000 poets have spoken out for peace and have published their poems to Poets Against the War.The program will conclude a reception and readings of select poems depicted on the Peace Mural, and presented by the DC Poets Against the War.
The featured poets include: Melissa Tuckey, Reuben Jackson, Katy Richey, Eleanor Graves, Yael Flusberg, Fred Joiner, Rose Marie Berger, Joseph Ross, Alan King, Amy Melrose, Carolyn Joyner, and Dan Vera.