Foreign language poetry readers for Al-Mutanabbi celebration needed |

Foreign language poetry readers for Al-Mutanabbi celebration needed

Janel Moore prepares what she will read Thursday during the Off the Beaten Path Poetry Slam.

Bud Werner Memorial Library is seeking volunteer readers in a variety of foreign languages to contribute to Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, an evening of poetry readings and art on Tuesday, March 5. This local performance joins communities all around the world in honoring Baghdad’s famous literary street, which was named for the Arab world's most famous poet, Al-Mutanabbi.

In Iraq, the literary street has been a thriving center of Baghdad's bookselling and publishing for centuries, and this international event commemorates the 2007 bombing of the historic street of booksellers. The annual event has become Steamboat’s own celebration of diversity despite adversity.

Volunteers are being sought to read a short poem in languages other than English — no poetry composition required. Interested volunteers who speak any foreign language should contact artistic director Janet Bradley at or 970-457-7869.

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