BOA poet Adrie Kusserow (Refuge, 2013) will join Yusef Komunyakaa, Bruce Weigl and Brian Turner this Friday, October 4, for a reading dedicated to refugee youth in South Sudan. Hosted by New York University's creative writing department, "Poets on War" will benefit refugee girls' education. All proceeds from the evening will go to Africa Education and Leadership Initiative (ELI), an organization which "builds gender equity, improved economic conditions, peaceful development, and strengthened leadership capacity in South Sudan by advancing women’s education through academic sponsorships, partnerships, enrollment-retention programs, and life-skills development." Kusserow will read from her new collection Refuge, a book of ethnographic poetry which probes culture and globalization with poems about Sudanese refugees based in Uganda, Sudan, and the United States, especially the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” The poet struggles with how to respond to suffering, poverty, displacement, and the brutal aspects of war. Much of this exploration is based in poems in which a mother is also bringing her family to a larger global arena. Help support refugee girls' education in South Sudan, while experiencing important poets during this intimate, one-of-a-kind event. When: Friday, October 4, 5:00 p.m. Where: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York City Click here for more about NYU's Reading Series.
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