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Out & About: “Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here”

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — To commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s street of booksellers, Bud Werner Memorial Library hosted a multimedia experience, featuring singers, poets and historians. “Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” in its third year in Steamboat Springs, is held all across the world as a literary bridge to Iraq to celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Antonio Cramer, 9, the event’s youngest-ever presenter, reads a poem in Spanish for the third annual “Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” event at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall. The event took place Tuesday, March 5, and featured different multimedia presentations. (Photo courtesy Jennie Lay)

Gulya Paraketsova shares the work of Russian poet Alexandar Pushkin, speaking in her native Russian. (Photo courtesy Jennie Lay)

Opera singer Keri Rusthoi sings Giacomo Puccini’s operatic poetry from an aria from “Tosca” in Italian. (Photo courtesy Jennie Lay)

Märie-Beth Cheezem recites a poem about love. (Photo courtesy Jennie Lay)

Artistic director Janet Bradley shares stories from Iraq and the street that launched this event. (Photo courtesy Jennie Lay)

Readers await their chances to present poems in a variety of languages. (Photo courtesy Jennie Lay)

Kholoud Groves shares the words of one of the Arab world’s most famous poets, Abu at-Tayyib Ahmad bin Al-Husayn Al-Mutanabbi, in Arabic. (Photo courtesy Jennie Lay)

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