Wednesday, August 23, 2006

 

Back into the Fray

August should be allowed to go gently into the good night, it seems to me. But here in DC it's the start of the fall season. I'm giving two readings this weekend (details below), my son starts 3rd grade on Monday, and my husband starts teaching next week. My Chicago bones rattle at these before-Labor Day exertions, but when in Rome...

So, here are the two weekend readings. Friday night I'll be reading a few Salvadoran poems as well as my own. A staffmember with Voices on the Border will read them in the original Spanish and I'll read the translations. Given the other performers and the important issues involved, it should be a great event.

I promise a real post sometime soon.

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Join Voices on the Border
to celebrate art, justice, and community
with performances by
Esther Iverem and Sarah Browning of D.C. Poets Against the War
Alfonzo Velez
The.Blackout.District

Friday, August 25, 2006
8 pm
Playbill Cafe
1409 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
$20 suggested donation
(includes 2 drinks)

For more information: http://www.votb.org/

The police force’s violent reaction to a recent protest in El Salvador has been called the worst human rights violation since the 12-year civil war that ended in 1992. The protestors, who were young students (many still in high school), were raising their voices against the rising cost of living in San Salvador, including high bus fare and energy costs. They were met with violent police, helicopters shooting live ammunition, and snipers on top of a children’s hospital. The current situation is extremely precarious, as the right-winged government is calling the students “terrorists” and trying to rescind their right of freedom of expression. Voices on the Border is working with other groups in solidarity with Latin America to work with politicians in putting pressure on the Salvadoran government to stop the use of force and protect citizens’ right to peaceful protest.

About Voices on the Border:

Since 1987, Voices on the Border, a national grassroots network of individuals and groups in the United States, has responded to the needs of organized communities and progressive groups in El Salvador. They facilitate the "partnering" of U.S. donors and community groups with local communities in El Salvador; help fund grassroots groups; and promote sustainable, equitable community-based development.The work of Voices on the Border has focused on the eastern region of El Salvador, historically one of the poorest and most neglected regions, and one of the areas hardest hit by El Salvador's civil war, which ended in 1992. The organization began as a campaign to support the needs of 8,000 refugees from this area, then living in a Honduran border camp. In 1989 and 1990 they returned to El Salvador. Voices on the Border accompanied them as they returned and continued to support communities of returning refugees as the war ended and reconstruction began. The process of re-building a new El Salvador based on peace, equality, and justice continues.

Voices on the Border: http://www.votb.org/

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HOUSE OF CREATIVE WRITING
(www.houseofcreativewriting.com)

Cordially invites you to attend The 3rd Annual Summer Poetry Reading and Story-telling
A Community Literary Outreach

Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 4 PM

House of Creative Writing
508 G Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2724

Featuring poets & novelists:
Sarah Browning, Blair G. Ewing, Judith McCombs, Angela M. Peabody, Jessie Seigel, Ninie G. Syarikin

OPEN MIKE will be launched after featured readers

Event is FREE, but reservation REQUIRED
Youths are welcome
Reception follows the readings

For more information and reservation:
E-mail: info@houseofcreativewriting.com
Phone: (202) 554-8159

Invitation may be downloaded at the www.houseofcreativewriting.com website, at the EVENTS section.

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