The Poetry Project


Poets for a Free Palestine

We have been overwhelmed by the positive response for tomorrow’s event, Poets for a Free Palestine.

Out of an abundance of caution, it has become important for us to take extra measures in order to make tomorrow’s event as safe as possible.

-Due to the overwhelming positive response, we have closed advanced registration and will no longer be able to admit people at the door. While we wish we could let everyone into the physical space, we are grateful to Montez Press Radio for offering to broadcast the event, and invite you to please join us that way.

-There will be trained security at this event who will be checking bags and administering pat downs. Weapons of any kind will not be permitted.

-Poetry Project staff will also be checking registration at the door. If you are not on the registration list, you will not be allowed in.

-Doors will open at 7:30PM. Please line up along Stuyvesant Street. We strongly encourage people to show up early so that we can admit all attendees by 8:00.

-There will be no re-entry allowed. If you leave the church, you will not be permitted back in.

In advance of the event, we are additionally asking all attendees to commit to the following community agreement. We will reiterate this in our opening remarks as well:

As attendees of Poets for a Free Palestine, we are gathering on Thursday, October 26, to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and to mourn the loss of life and ongoing ethnic cleansing of occupied Palestine and Gaza.

By attending this event, we collectively agree to listen attentively to and hold space for the evenings' performers and for the people of Palestine and their allies.

If an attendee behaves violently or otherwise disrupts, heckles, or disturbs this event, they will be considered in breach of the above community agreement and will be escorted out of the event by Poetry Project staff and trained security.

Finally, we ask that, in the event of a disturbance, all attendees commit to a spirit of de-escalation so that we can focus on what we're here to do, which is to demonstrate our profound solidarity with the people of Palestine.

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We at the Poetry Project stand in solidarity with Palestinians in occupied Palestine, in Gaza, and in the global diaspora; and commit to ongoing organizational efforts toward Palestinian liberation. As an organization and as individuals, we demand an end to the ongoing occupation of Palestine and an end to the ongoing genocide of Palestinians.

We organize, curate, work, and dream in the conviction that poetry sustains people and place. That is, in a world riven by inequality, dispossession, hunger, and war, poetry makes life more possible. None of us are free until all of us are free, and we believe that poetry can and must be a tool for liberation.

On Thursday, October 26th, we will open our doors for Poets for a Free Palestine, an evening of poetry, performance, and solidarity. While we think and work toward more sustained liberatory efforts, we offer the Parish Hall as a gathering place for collective grief and respite, for art and resistance. Participants include: Andrea Abi-Karam, Sarah Ahmad, Hala Alyan, Mirene Arsanios, Lara Atallah, Carolina Ebeid, Yasmin El-Rifae, Abou Farman, Adham Hafez, Isabella Hammad, Kaleem Hawa, Ghinwa Jawhari, Benjamin Krusling, Muyassar Kurdi, Ayaz Muratoglu, Tenaya Nasser, Ladan Osman, Sahar, Zoé Samudzi, Hind Shoufani, H Sinno, imogen xtian smith, Teline Trần, Kamelya Omayma Youssef, and Mohammed Zenia Siddiq Yusef Ibrahim, with others to be announced.

Free Gaza. Free Palestine.