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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

MEI Poetry Reading by Nomi Stone

Back in April some of you may recall my linking to a Jerusalem Post report in my post "Article About One of Our Own," both dealing with Nomi Stone, anthropologist and poet who was, until summer 2008, Assistant Editor of The Middle East Journal. She's currently pursuing her doctorate at Columbia.

Nomi was one of the best editors I've ever worked with, but she's also a published poet and a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology. Her Oxford MA was earned for her work studying the Jewish community in Djerba, Tunisia, but she has also published a book of poetry based on the experiences of an Arabic-speaking American Jewish woman (daughter of a Reform rabbi, no less) living in one of the few flourishing Jewish communities surviving in North Africa. Her book of poetry, Stranger's Notebook, takes its name, in part at least, from the name of the ancient and famous synagogue on Djerba, the Ghriba (stranger).

Nomi will be giving a reading from her poetic work on Friday, June 19, from 6 to 8 at MEI. I probably won't be able to make it, but wanted to strongly urge others to try to do so:

Friday, June 19, 2009
6:00-8:00 PM
MEI’s Islamic Garden
1761 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to kdavies@mei.edu.

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