Monthly Archives: October 2014

R.I.P. Carolyn Kizer 1925-2014

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The Plight of Mohammed al-Ajami

It’s time for action…

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al-ajamiOver the last few years we have written about the plight of Mohammed al-Ajami, a poet who is serving a sentence of 15 years in Qatar for writing and reading a poem that was offensive to the Emir. He was initially sentenced to a life sentence. As reports of his situation fade we remain hopeful for his release. Many of us take for granted our rights to freedom of expression. There are places in this world where a simple act such as writing a poem will separate you from your family and land you in prison. Such is a place is Qatar, the owners of Aljazeera News and Aljazeera America.

We are hopeful the regular readers of this blog will take some action. You can call the Qatar embassy and leave a message at (202) 274-1600 (press 1 four times to leave a message with the ambassador’s office).  Those in…

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Get Your Book On – October 4th

An important event…

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Ryerss Museum and Library is holding its monthly used book sale in Norma’s Nook in the basement of the museum. You can buy books by the bag or individual volumes. The Nook is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While you are there take a free tour of the museum and check out the vintage books for sale in the main library where you will find Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and a group of poets at the first annual Poetry Workshop.

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