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Invitation from Columbia University's Middle East Institute for poetry reading and dinner with Amiri Baraka
Middle East Institute, Columbia University
Subject: poetry reading and dinner with Amiri Baraka
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Sent: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 10:09:29 -0400
Poetry Reading and Dinner with Amiri Baraka
Thursday, April 14, 2005 7 PM
You are cordially invited to a benefit dinner with guest of honor poet Amiri Baraka. This gala event is hosted by the Radius of Arab American Writers, the National Union of Writers, NY, and Alwan for the Arts.
Tributes to Amiri Baraka will made by Suheir Hammad and D.H. Melham during the event. Proceeds from the dinner will support the upcoming literary conference of Arab American writers "Kalimuna- Speak to Us" at Hunter College, NY, June 3-5, 2005.
This first RAWI conference will feature veteran journalist Helen Thomas, anthologist Salma Khadra Jayyusi, poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Lawrence Joseph, along with many emerging young writers, filmmakers, and dramatists.
Amiri Baraka, one of America's foremost literary figures, is a playwright, poet, novelist and essayist. He is best known for his articulation of African American experience. Baraka is the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama, the Langston Hughes Award, and a Before Columbus Foundation lifetime achievement award. Baraka has taught at the New School, NY, University of Buffalo, Columbia, San Francisco State, Yale, and George Washington universities. He was Professor of Africana Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. With his wife, poet Amina Baraka, he is co-director of Kimako's Blues People, a community arts space. Baraka's many publications include Preface to Twenty Volume Suicide Note (1961), The Dead Lecturer (1964) and he produced It's Nation Time (1970), Spirit Reach (1972), Hard Facts (1974) and AM/TRAK (1979). His plays include the critically acclaimed Dutchman (1964). Baraka's The Slave and The Toilet were also produced in 1964. Amiri Baraka is founder of The Black Arts Repertory Theatre in Harlem.
Suheir Hammad, a Palestinian American poet, is the author of Born Palestinian Born Black, 1996, ZaatarDiva, to be released Fall 2005 by Cypher Books, and a co-writer and performer in the TONY Award winning Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.
D.H. Melhem's recent works include NY Poems, 2005; Conversation with a Stonemason, 2003; Heroism in the New Black Poetry, 1990.
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