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Upcoming Events at Busboys and Poets in DC

After the Last Sky: Remembering Mahmoud Darwish

Join us on the 40th day since Darwish\’s passing to reflect on his works, his words, and his indelible impact.

Poetry readings *Music* Open Mic

Featuring Sinan Antoon, Iraqi poet, novelist, and essayist

Also featuring: Serin Atiani, Tehila Wise, Tala Rahmeh, Henry Mills, Zein Elamine, Melissa Tuckey, Firas Qumsiyeh, Alma Riche, Noura Erakat, and Fuad Foty

Friday, September 19, 8:30 pm Busboys and Poets, 14th & V St, NW Washington DC Suggested donation: $5-20

Co-sponsored by Coalition for Justice Accountability, Split This Rock, and Busboys and Poets.

Sunday Kind of Love September 21, 4-6 pm International Day of Peace

Featuring Sheema Kalbasi and David Keplinger

Busboys and Poets 14th & V Streets NW, Washington, DC 202-387-POET

Hosted by Katy Richey and Melissa Tuckey. Sponsors include Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock Poetry Festival.

As always, bring your poems for the open mic!

Sheema Kalbasi, born November 20, 1972, in Tehran, Iran, is a human rights activist, award winning poet, and literary translator. She is the director of Dialogue of Nations through Poetry in Translation, the director of Poetry of Iranian Women Project, the poetry editor of the Muse Apprentice Guild and the co-director of the Other Voices International. She has authored Echoes in Exile in English, Sangsar (Stoning) in Persian, and has translated and edited Seven Valleys of Love, a bilingual anthology of women poets from Middle Ages Persia to present day Iran. Kalbasi\’s work is distinguished by her passionate defense of the ethnic and religious minorities\’ rights. She has worked for the United Nations and the Center for non Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, and in Denmark. Today she lives with her husband and children in the United States.

David Keplinger is the author of three collections, most recently The Prayers of Others, which won the 2007 Colorado Book Award. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Soros Foundation, he was awarded the 1999 T.S. Eliot Prize for his first collection, The Rose Inside, and was shortlisted for the 2006 Anna Akhmatova Prize for The Clearing. His translations of Danish poet Carsten Rene Nielsen, The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors, appeared in 2007. Keplinger directs the MFA program in creative writing at American University in Washington, DC.

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