Words for Peace
a collaboration with Voices Breaking Boundaries
Voices Breaking Boundaries organized the inaugural Words for Peace event on Sunday, September 22, 2002 at DiverseWorks, in response to the increasingly frightening political climate in the U.S. following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The event featured spoken word, dance, and music and included live telephone readings by 1997 Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, Jewish poet Irena Klepfisz, Palestinian American poet Naomi Shihab Nye and award-winning journalist Ahmed Rashid. It was curated by Troy Gooden, Chuck Jackson, Rich Levy, Sehba Sarwar, Oskar Sonnen, Sandra Tarlin, and Michael Woodson.
This year, DiverseWorks will revisit Words for Peace on September 11, 2013 in a collaboration with Voices Breaking Boundaries’ Sehba Sarwar.