Artists Unite to Commemorate al-Mutanabbi Street


Al-Mutanabbi Street, named for the 10th century Iraqi poet, is the intellectual center of Baghdad. It is a place where thinkers and philosophers have gathered for centuries to exchange ideas and knowledge, and where works by Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Christians, Jews, and the many other diverse communities of the region are available in its numerous bookstores.

In 2007, this celebrated street was attacked by a car bombing that put its future in jeopardy. The booksellers who survived have since rebuilt their stores, and the street is open once again—a testament to the strength and resilience of its caretakers.

EPIC was pleased to partner with al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and the Smithsonian Libraries to promote a March 5 Poetry Reading with distinguished Iraqi poets Amal Al-Jubouri and Dunya Mikhail. Below is some video of the evening’s event that took place at the National Portrait Gallery.

Iraq’s artistic and literary contributions to the world have been pouring out of its cities like Baghdad for centuries. We hope you will join us for another poetry event we are cosponsoring along with al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and Split this Rock:

Sunday, March 20 5-7 pm
Sunday Kind of Love
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Cost: $5

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