Artists and Poets Commemorate Al-Mutanabbi Street

By Editorial Team on February 26, 2019

Sun, 03 March 2019 - Sun, 03 March 2019

Ninth Annual Commemorative Reading Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. “Distinguished Iraqi poets Amal Al-Jubouri and Dunya Mikhail and Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project founder and coordinator Beau Beausoleil, along with musicians Michael Pestel and Philemon AbdEllah Kirlles will commemorate the March 5, 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic book selling street.” Photo Credit: Avery Jensen


Sunday, March 3, 2019, 5-7pm


Artists and Poets in solidarity with brave journalists around the world Commemorate Al-Mutanabbi Street to honor the struggle for free expression of ideas

Commemorative readings by: Zein El-Amine, Ethelbert Miller, Zeina Azzam, Rasha Abdulhadi, Danielle Badra, Mousa Al-Nasseri, Helen Zughaib, and TARGET, a presentation by Nasrin and Nahid Navab.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Commemorative Readings 2019 reflect upon the 12th anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Iraq.

On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded on Baghdad’s al-­Mutanabbi Street, the legendary center of the city’s literary and intellectual community, famous for its enormous selection of books in various languages and subjects. The blast killed thirty people and wounded more than one hundred. With respect to our fellow citizens in Iraq, the Middle East, and in many other societies where lives are stamped out, and freedom of expression is constantly endangered, we offer this reading.

Since 2007 the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here coalition, formed in support of freedom of expression, acknowledges that 1096 journalists and media assistants have been killed around the world. The violence against them is escalating shamelessly. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here-DC dedicates the 2019 commemorative readings to stop the obstructions to press freedom and to guaranteeing the safety of Journalists.

Location: Busboys and Poets, Takoma Park, MD 235 Carroll Street NW, Washington, DC 20012