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Poets share visions for peace

Poets and readers will gather on Thursday, Sept. 10, for an evening of poetry reflecting the themes of peace and reconciliation.

Poetry for Peace begins at 7 p.m. in the Founders Suite of the Prescott Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Event organizer and poet Elle Hughes will begin the reading with a poem by Jelaluddin Rumi out of the Persian poetic tradition. A sample of the evening's offerings include:

• Mary Carvell Bragg of the MAD Women Poets, who will read her poem "Hiroshima 1992," which her visit to the memorial there inspired her to write.

• Actress and arts advocate Gail Mangham will share "A Bridge of Peace" by Israeli poet Ada Aharoni. "A Bridge of Peace" carries the theme of sisterhood between Arab and Israeli women and is included in Aharoni's 1997 book, "Not in Your War Anymore."

• Poet and Yavapai College poetry instructor Michaela Carter will read her original works on the themes of war and peace and reconciliation in relationships.

• Poet and writer Maureen VanWalleghan will share her poem, "Ashes, Ashes," which was inspired by the Sept. 11, 200l, attacks on the United States.

• Local poet Scott Godsil will read a poem on recovery and the personal path to peace.

• Poet, activist and Prescott College writing professor Nancy Owen Nelson will read the lyric poem "Dover Beach" by English poet Matthew Arnold.

• Retired English teacher and poetry reader Doris Piatak will offer Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem titled "Peace."

• Longtime Prescott singer/songwriter Rita Cantu will perform her original song "World Peace Begins with Me."

Ernie Giglio, local actor/director and retired professor of politics and American studies, first suggested the idea of a poetry reading around the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Hughes said.

She brought the event to fruition, acknowledging her background in political science, and her more recent experience with the connective power of poetry and her current interest in peace work through the arts.

"The intention of Poetry for Peace is to practice creating peace collectively through the language of poetry, specifically at a time of public remembrance of 9/11," Hughes said.

"This event is organized out of an ongoing interest in the expressive, participatory arts as a meeting place for peace and reconciliation."

For more information about Poetry for Peace or the monthly Poets' Open Circle meeting, call Hughes at 708-9692 or e-mail her at

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