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European Poetry in Motion



European Poetry in Motion

Marathon Reading of 135 poems

L'Istituto and the Goethe-Institut, in collaboration with the European Union, is proud to invite you to a Marathon Reading of "European Poetry in Motion®", celebrating the work of poets from the Europen Union. 135 poems (five from each country of the EU) are read aloud in their original language and in their English translation by representatives chosen by the member states. Moderated by poet Ernie Wormwood. Ernie Wormwood is a reviewer for the Montserrat Review. Ernie has been published in the anthologies Poetic Voices Without Borders and Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami, and in print and online journals. She recently appeared on NPR’s “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress.” The European Union turns fifty this year and it gives us good reason to celebrate: In just a half century, we have created a strong and unified Europe as we have put wars behind us, removed our borders and are working closer together than ever before. What started out with only a few countries has turned into a European Union with 27 countries – a truly remarkable political achievement. To commemorate this and the cultural diversity of Europe, all 27 European Union member states and the European Commission Delegation in Washington, DC, will this spring launch an ambitious literary project titled European Poetry in Motion®. Five poems from each country in both their original language and in English will be on display inside Metro buses during the month of May. Additional advertising for this project will be featured on the outside of buses and in Metro stations. Further information, including author biographies and country info, is provided on the project’s website, which will be available for information and as educational resource for one year.


Date: Saturday, May 05, 2007