Freedom to Read Palestine: a community read-in

Poems for Palestine is a chapbook released by Publishers for Palestine containing 13 short poems written between mid-October to mid-December 2023. The poets featured in the chapbook include Refaat Al-Areer, Basman Aldirawi, Hiba Abu Nada, Fady Joudah, Olivia Elias, Samer Abu Hawwash, Maya Murry, Ghassan Zaqtan, and Ahlam Bsharat. The chapbook is available for free online and some printed copies will be distributed at the Toronto launch on February 20, 2024. Join us for a community read-in where we will gather in one of Toronto’s best independent bookshops to read and discuss these poems together. Come prepared to read, listen, or discuss. As part of Freedom to Read (Palestine) Week, we honour Palestinian poets alive and martyred through our collective voices that will not be silenced. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

This event is also free! There will be some opening remarks by Publishers for Palestine and WAWOG about the chapbook, PACBI, art-washing, and resistance. Special guest readers, including Farzana Doctor, will also be reading poetry with the participants.

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