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Poets Unite on March 24 for Reading in Solidarity with the People of Ukraine

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Poets Unite on March 24 for Reading in Solidarity with the People of Ukraine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2022 Poets Unite March 24 for Reading in Solidarity with the People of Ukraine Beaufort, NC – Poets Paloma Capanna and Larry Jaffe are coming together with fellow poets from Eastern North Carolina for a special poetry reading with open mic in solidarity with the people of Ukraine on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Beaufort, NC. Capanna, of Beaufort, and Jaffe, of Clearwater, Florida, have been organizing and participating in poetry readings about war, peace, and human rights for more than twenty years. They will begin the evening with readings from their individual works, before opening it up to an open mic. Several area poets have already signed up to read, including Trish Sheppard, Sam Love, and Autumn Ware. “Poets shoulder an enormous responsibility in times of armed conflict,” says Capanna. “We have to quickly process what’s happening to find the first words to record history and to start rebuilding community.” Jaffe, whose credentials include organizing readings globally for a special United Nations project and founder of Poets Without Borders, feels like he’s back in all-too-familiar territory. “Poets have an almost magical ability to be a beacon that draws people together through solace and inspiration. We need to come together now to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Ukraine, whose own voice Russia is attempting to silence.” Capanna and Jaffe credit their friendship with Odessa-born poet Ilya Kaminsky with introducing them to the beauty of the language and poetry of Ukraine. Kaminsky, Jaffe, and Capanna have been flying the banner of “Poets for Peace” since the days just after 9/11. Kaminsky is the author of “Dancing in Odessa, Capanna and Jaffe will include a reading of his poem “We Lived Happily During the War.” The event will be free and open to the public. A free-will offering of donations to Doctors Without Borders will be taken up. To join the reading, please contact Paloma through her shoppe Downton Antiques in Beaufort at (252) 838-1976 or by e-mail to pcapanna@yahoo.com. You may otherwise sign up the evening of the reading. They hope there will be time for up to fifteen people to read 1-3 poems/each. A 2-hour writer’s workshop on the “poetry of war and peace” is also being offered at the antiques shoppe the next day, on Friday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m., for a fee of $25. You can sign up for the workshop also using the same contact information. It is limited to 20 people.   EVENT INFORMATION Poetry Reading in Solidarity with the People of Ukraine Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Hosts: Paloma Capanna & Larry Jaffe First Free Will Baptist Church 1947 Live Oak Street Beaufort, NC 28516 Writer’s Workshop: The Poetry of War and Peace Friday, March 25, 2022, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ($25, limit 20 people) Hosts: Paloma Capanna & Larry Jaffe Downton Antiques 127 Middle Lane Beaufort, NC 28516 (252) 838-1976 PRESS Contact Information: Paloma Capanna (315) 584-2929 mobile pcapanna@yahoo.com

First Free Will Baptist Church
Free
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM on Thu, 24 Mar 2022

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Paloma Capanna
pcapanna@yahoo.com
First Free Will Baptist Church
1947 Live Oak Street
Beaufort, North Carolina 28516
2527283165
thebeaufortchurch@ec.rr.com