Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Solidarity with Iraqi People

THIS EVENT will bring poets, students and professors together to read from the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here in which poets and writers respond to the March 5th, 2007, suicide bombing of Baghdad’s “street of the booksellers” – an attack in which more than 30 people died and many more were wounded. The anthology is the progeny of an international artistic project of the same name promoting solidarity with the people of Iraq and celebrating freedom of expression. The reading will feature Rula Jurdi Abisaab, Mark Abley, Prashant Keshavmurthy, Ian Ferrier, David Bradford and others.

Rula Jurdi Abisaab is an Arabic language poet and associate professor of Islamic history at McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies. Her second collection of poetry, Mithlī aw Ka-al-Mudun al-Khamsa (Like Me or Like the Five Cities), published in 2014 includes a set of poems on Baghdad written after the American invasion.

Mark Abley is a Montreal-based author columnist and poet. In 2015, Coteau Books published Abley’s fourth collection of poetry, The Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems. Abley is featured in the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Anthology.

Ian Ferrier is one of the core writer/performers in the North American performance literature scene. His work is well-known across Canada, New York and Europe.

David Bradford is a Montreal-born poet and @BartleButts on Twitter. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications, including Lemon Hound and Prairie Fire.

Copies of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad’s “Street of the Booksellers” will be available for purchase.

The reading is sponsored by Rula Jurdi Abisaab and co-organized by Prashant Keshavmurthy an assistant professor and graduate program director at McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies.

Wednesday, March 16
7pm to 9pm
The Word Bookstore
469 Milton Street

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