Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! Bilingual Poetry Reading
Join us for poetry readings, in Arabic and English, by members of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! Coalition.
The March 5, 2007, bombing of the “ancient bookseller’s street” in Baghdad is remembered as the street of the Shabandar Café, where Iraqi writers, intellectuals and ordinary people would congregate to work and converse. This was an attack on books and on ideas that pierced the heart of San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoliel who has put out numerous calls for artist, printers, poets, writers and print makers to respond to this attack.
In 2019, more than 30 cities, around the world, including Portland, are celebrating this stand for culture. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! Coalition of Oregon has celebrated hope and joy to defeat terrorism every year since 2014.