This project, to offer a volume of poetry by and for refugees, seeks to connect artistic voices of those fleeing violence from Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, and other war torn countries. Edited by Palestinian poet and aid worker Jehan Bseiso and US poet and scholar Becky Thompson, this volume will provide a multilingual, interactive, and collaborative collection of poems published as a book and as an on-line project. We see this offering as part of a long tradition of poetic responses to repression, the poems, a talisman for a world beyond displacement and exile. Among those whose work will be included in the collection are prominent poets Naomi Shihab Nye, Zeina Hashem Beck, Zeina Azzam, Marilyn Hacker, Mohsen Emadi and many others.
We would love to hear from you if you have a poem you would like to submit or if you know someone who might be interested in the project. We welcome poems in any form (including prose poems) and in all languages. Photography and interviews are also welcome for the on-line project. LEARN MORE>