Word is Bond: Sudan Benefit Reading

Join Brooklyn Poets at 144 Montague or online via Zoom for an evening of poetry in solidarity with and support of Sudan, hosted and curated by Amina Iro, including an open mic and featured readings by Dalia Elhassan, Hafizah Geter, Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Ladan Osman. All proceeds will be donated to the Sudanese American Physicians Association (SAPA) to support their urgent, critical work in response to the current violence and devastation in Sudan.

Guests can donate to attend on a sliding scale—please contribute what you can. Advance online ticketing for in-person attendance will end at 5 PM on the day of the event. After that, guests can get tickets at the door until we reach capacity; tickets for virtual attendance will be available until the start of the readings at 6:30 PM. A Zoom link will be emailed to all ticket holders. Closed captions will be available for the event through the Zoom livestream. For more information and to request additional accommodations, contact us at [email protected]. Sudanese poets & writers can reach out through this same email to be added to the attendee list for free—please note if you'd like to attend virtually or in person.

  • 6:00 PM: doors open & open mic sign-up begins
  • 6:30 to 7:15 PM: open mic
  • 7:30 to 8:30 PM: readings by Dalia Elhassan, Hafizah Geter, Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Ladan Osman

Each reader for the open mic can read one poem for up to a three-minute set. All participants who’d like to read for the open mic must sign up at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be time for about 12–15 readers.

Note that by attending this event, you agree to abide by our code of conduct and COVID-19 policy. All in-person attendees for events are currently required to wear masks (regardless of vaccination status) except readers at a safe distance on stage. We will have masks available. Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss from our programs any participant found to be in violation of these policies. Thank you for respecting our community.