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International Poetry Reading May 12

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I will be hosting a virtual poetry reading at 11am EST on May 12th in recognition of the upcoming tenth anniversary of the Yazidi genocide by ISIS. Featured poets will include Aïcha Martine Thiam, Ambition Harper, Desiree McCray, Zita Holbourne, and more, reading work on the themes of trauma and resilience. It will be presented via Facebook Live; please RSVP here.  To learn more about the event, the Yazidi, and the NGO presenting the event, visit the Yuva Organization website.

 

I hope to see you there!

ABOUT MAIA

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aia is a symphony of papercuts, banged-up knees, and stubborn determination. She believes in the altruism of strangers, the power of direct action, and the use of the Oxford comma. She strives to offer what she can; here, that offering is her words.

One of the organizations closest to Maia’s heart is the Yuva Organization for Children's Rights. The initial spark of this organization was born the day after the Islamic State first attacked Duhola Village in their ruthless massacre in Sinjar in August 2014. One brave man, who she is honored to call a dear friend, found a way to take action despite the hopelessness of the moment. He took it upon himself to distract the children of Duhola from the violence and fear through education. Nine years later, his efforts have graduated from huddling on mountainsides hoping for rescue to building entire schools in areas previously devastated by the Islamic State. If you want to learn more or donate to help their cause, you can go here.

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