a poetry reading in the gallery
Please come to read a poem you've written, a poem by a favorite poet, or just to listen to poems on a different theme. And bring your friends! You are welcome to read poems in languages other than English, but you should provide an English translation as well. Because we believe the empathetic community created by sharing ANY kind of poetry can lead to peace and social justice, we welcome all poems, not just those that touch directly on those themes.
The first Poetry for Peace was on January 28, 2003, at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery. The event was coordinated by Dr. Marina Llorente from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and was the opening of the New York State Peace Conference held at SLU. An international poetry reading, 13 poems in 9 different languages (English, Italian, French, Spanish, Navajo, Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili and Vietnamese) were read by poets, students, professors, staff and members of the North Country community. The theme was the need for peace in the world, and every poem read acknowledged the unique revolutionary power of poetry.