Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Amnesty International Human Rights Poetry Slam! - May 26th!

Amnesty International Human Rights Poetry Slam!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
11:00am until 4:00pm
University of Cincinnati- Swift Hall, room 500

Hey UC human rights activists and poets!

This year Amnesty International UC will be hosting its first human rights themed poetry slam! Please come with human rights themed poetry to read to the group. You can read your own works or you can read works by other human rights poets of whom you're fond.

Human rights is a very broad theme. You may write about the plight of others or yourself. You may write about current injustices/past injustices and/or you may write about situations where individuals have obtained rights and are now empowered.

We would like to put a booklet of the poetry together to sell at the event, with the proceeds benefitting Amnesty International, USA.

I ask that everyone send me your poems in advance (by sometime on Friday, May 18, at the latest). If you would not like your poems in the book, please let me know.

Please email all poems to me (Alison) at

Also, the poems may certainly be provocative and "dark," but we only ask that you do not "speak negatively" of an individual's or group's race, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation etc. You may certainly criticize a government, a group or an individual for their negative treatment of others.

We'll need to create a schedule for the readings..we will have that finalized about a week before the event. You may send me as many poems as you like. I'd like for everyone to read as many poems as they want, and if time permits, we'll be able to do that!

All speakers will be able to read at least one of their poems.

You certainly don't have to write or read a poem to attend the event.

There will be coffee, pastries and lunch!

We hope you can attend!

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