Poets opposed to war to read at ND

by Michael O. Garvey

University of Notre Dame faculty and student writers will give public readings from works opposing war Wednesday (Feb.12) from noon-1 p.m. in the Great Hall of O’Shaughnessy Hall.p. The “Poets for Peace” event, during which the writers will read both from their own works and from classic poetry, is a component of a nationwide “Day of Poetry Against the War.” The national effort was organized after first lady Laura Bush postponed a White House symposium on American poetry at which some of the invited poets proposed to condemn military action against Iraq.p. In addition to the poetry, the writers will read a petition to the first lady, thanking her for her support of poetry and asking her to “hear the nation’s poets as they challenge the inevitability of war” and to “tell the president that you have heard the nation’s cries of conscience.”p. The Notre Dame writers include William O’Rourke, professor of English; Valerie Sayers, professor of English; Kymberly Taylor, adjunct assistant professor in the First Year Composition Program; Kevin Hart, professor of English; Susan Harris, assistant professor of English; April Lidinsky, assistant professional specialist in the University Writing Program; Jacqueline Brogan, professor of English; Jennifer Bryant, the Nicholas Sparks Writer-in-Residence; and Sonia Gernes, professor of English.p. Also reading will be Notre Dame graduate students Charles Valle, Kevin Ducey, Christina Kubasta, Francisco Aragon, Joe Doerr, Chris Gerben, and David Ewald, and first-year student Grant Osborn.p. One of the poems which will be read during the event, “Methods,” by Susan Harris, is available on line at http://www.poetsagainstthewar.org/database/displaypoem.asp?AuthorID=2603

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