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April 4, 2012


Contact: John Koetzner, (707) 468-3051

Poet David Smith-Ferri to Read at Mendocino College

David Smith-Ferri photo
David Smith and unnamed Afghan youth 

The Friends of the Mendocino College Library are hosting a reading by former Ukiah Poet Laureate David Smith-Ferri on Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 PM in room 5310 in the Center for the Visual & Performing Arts on the Ukiah campus. Admission is free.

With Children Like Your Own book

Smith-Ferri will read and present a slide show from his latest book, With Children Like Your Own, depicting his encounters with people in the middle East and Afghanistan. Through slides and poetry, he will bring these people he has met into our presence, portraying their resilience, courage, and decency.

His first book of poetry, Battlefield without Borders (Haley's Press, 2007; 2nd Edition 2008), arose from encounters with people in Iraq during the era of economic sanctions and no-fly zone bombings, and in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion.

The new book of poetry, With Children Like Your Own, also from Haley's, contains over 100 poems, most of them written in the Middle East and in Afghanistan. These narrative poems portray the courage, resilience, and decency of the Iraqi and Afghan people he met, demonstrating their hospitality and intelligence and compassion in the face of foreign invasion and localized violence.

For Smith-Ferri, poetry is an art form that is especially well suited for communicating the urgency of the problems he has witnessed and for representing the voices of those who bear the brunt of the US-led wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please visit or call (707) 468-3051 for more information. The Friends of the Mendocino College Library is an affiliate group of the Mendocino College Foundation and it continues to bring literary events to the college for the community.

Created: April 04, 2012 @ 07:12 AM
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