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Elliot Bay Books Reading
May 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Esteemed poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha and architect (cultural architect as well as building architect) Rania Qawasma, Northwest poets, and members of Seattle’s Palestinian community, mark the solemn occasion of 70 years of Nakba, and honor the resilience of Palestinians everywhere with this evening’s reading of the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. The reading, in Arabic and English, is expected to include poets Elizabeth Austen, Rick Barot, Jourdan Keith, Claudia Castro Luna, JM Miller, and Susan Rich, along with members of the local Palestinian community. Billie Swift of Open Books: A Poem Emporium and Rick Simonson of Elliott Bay will also participate.
Translated editions of the late, great Mahmoud Darwish abound: some bilingual editions of note include The Butterfly’s Burden (Copper Canyon Press, translated by Fady Joudah) and Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? (Archipelago, translated by Jeffrey Sacks).
“Mahmoud Darwish is the premier poetic voice of the Palestinian people . . . lyrical, imagistic, plaintive, haunting, always passionate and elegant—and never anything less than free—what he would dream for all his people.” —Naomi Shihab Nye.
Co-presented with Open Books: A Poem Emporium.