February Sunday Kind of Love
Marking the 10th Anniversary of DC Poets Against the War
Sarah Browning, Michele Elliott, Yael Flusberg, Leah Harris, Esther Iverem, Joseph Ross, Melissa Tuckey, and Dan Vera
Sunday February 17, 2013, 5-7pm
Busboys and Poets
5th & K Streets, NW
Sarah Browning & Katy Richey
$5 online or at the door
Open mic follows! Bring your poems for peace.
Co-Sponsored by Split This Rock & Busboys and Poets
In February 2003, millions of people all over the globe took to the streets to oppose President George W. Bush’s plan to invade Iraq. Poets responded by organizing a great uprising, Poets Against the War, on February 12, 2003. Here in DC, Sarah Browning organized an open mic reading at All Souls Unitarian Church that evening, hoping that poets of all sorts would join together to speak out for peaceful alternatives. Sarah didn’t know what to expect, though, as she’d only recently arrived in the city. To her astonishment, over 175 people turned out, with 60 signing up to read and perform. DC Poets Against the War was born. Five years later, in 2008, the group presented the first Split This Rock Poetry Festival, giving birth to a national movement bringing poetry to the center of public life, where it belongs!
Read more about DC Poets Against the War: http://washingtonart.com/beltway/dcpaw.html
Poets who were active in the group will read their own work and the work and poetry of the missing voices: Iraqi poets, Afghan poets, and essential poets we’ve lost since 2003, such as Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, Grace Paley, and Dennis Brutus.