PJP - Poetry Against Occupation of Palestine
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People for Justice in Palestine, the Middle East Study Group, and the International Writing Program present a poetry reading by Hind Shoufani, a Palestinian writer/film maker now completing her residence in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Shoufani writes of the Arab world through a cosmopolitan global view, and of the world through her Palestinian refugee identity and rootless lifestyle. She is influenced by the civil rights movement poets and current serious writers of the hip hop generation, specially the influential and powerful poets emerging from Brooklyn. In over three hundred pages of open free form verse, Shoufani takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of politics, honor killings, terror attacks on Mumbai, lost lovers and new found mourning in Beirut, the gulf of Dubai and the dust of chaotic Damascus. She speaks for those who are unnoticed in Arabia. She condemns the labor camps, sexist mythologies, and structures of patriarchy. She hurts for and commemorates family deceased, both close and far. She mourns Palestine, a homeland she never knew well. She resists all forms of occupation - both of land and soul. She laughs and sings and dances from throughout the Middle East to her beloved New York, and back. Visit People for Justice in Palestine here.

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