Throughout the ages, poets have given powerful voice to defend against oppression and human rights abuses in our world, and to stand for peace and justice.
In association with the exhibition Voices from Lebanon: Social and Cultural Reflections, SOS Art presents a poetry reading for human rights on Saturday, October 26 at 1pm in the gallery at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. It will include readings of poems by Lebanese and Arab writers, as well as Greater Cincinnati poets. Members of the Gaza Poets Society will join in via Skype. Members of their Ohio Chapter will also be reading their work and the work of other Palestinian poets.
Gaza Poets Society (GPS) is a group of 32 young and aspiring poets from Gaza who teamed up to form an effective and coherent society of poets and writers. They are developing a community that can share poetry and express themselves freely and fearlessly.
GPS hosts monthly spoken word events in Gaza; produces spoken word videos; holds weekly meetings for the writers; communicates with local institutions and holds workshops presented by their members; hosts local and international posts and Skype meetings discussing their works with universities and other poetry societies.
In this collaboration, The Ohio Chapter of GPS is supporting their poets’ ability to create through giving them a larger platform to share their work, and guide their message to new listeners.