On March 5th, 2007, more than 30 people were killed when a car bomb was exploded on Mutanabbi Street, an old and established street for bookselling in the heart of Baghdad's literary and intellectual community. To protest the bombing, the Mutanabbi Street Coalition, a group started by San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil, invited letterpress printers to produce broadsides, which will be on exhibition at the Saratoga Library March through April, 2008.
Paralleling the broadsides exhibit hosted at Saratoga Library (Mar/Apr 2008), Montalvo partners with Saratoga High School’s creative writing program to explore Baghdad’s 2007 Mutanabbi Street bombing through poetry and art.
Participating students are invited to attend Montalvo's IRAQ:REFRAME programs throughout the Fall and Spring semesters to augment their understanding and experience of Iraq and Iraqi arts and culture, and enable the students to make personal connections with Mutanabbi Street and Iraq as a whole.
Led by instructor Judith Sutton, Saratoga High’s creative writing students will write poetry in response to the Mutanabbi Street bombing. These poems will be printed on broadsides and displayed in the Saratoga Library student study room concurrently with the Mutanabbi Street exhibit.
Poetry Reading & Panel Discussion
Join us on Sunday, April 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Library as panelists discuss their experiences in responding to the conflict in Iraq and the Mutanabbi Street bombing through creative practices, including printmaking and poetry. Panelists include poet Zaid Saleh, Saratoga High School representative Arjun Shenoy, Mutanabbi Street Broadsides organizer Kathleen Walkup, and Mutanabbi Street Coalition founder Beau Beausoleil.
Saratoga High School creative writing students will present their poetry throughout the program.