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Sunday Kind of Love

“Sunday Kind of Love” is a monthly open mic that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the February event features Hala Alyan along with Danielle Badra, Rasha Abdulhadi, Zein El-Amine, and Zeina Azzam! An open mic segment will follow readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.

Poets reading in Sunday Kind of Love in January, February, and March are brought to us as part of Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a festival in solidarity with the people of Iraq and standing for free expression everywhere. Now more than ever, voices from Arab America and the Arab and Muslim worlds are essential. This Festival is made possible thanks to a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art!


Date: 3rd Sunday of Every Month (February 21)

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm

Location: Busboys and Poets (14th & V)  2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20009

Cost: $5 (Tickets can be purchased online on the day of the event on Busboys' website.  As available, tickets may also be purchased at the door.)  

ABOUT FEBRUARY'S EVENT: Featuring Hala Alyan along with Danielle Badra, Rasha Abdulhadi, Zein El-Amine and Zeina Azzam!

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Columbia Poetry Review. She is the author of ATRIUM (Three Rooms Press), winner of the Arab American Book Award in Poetry, and FOUR CITIES (Black Lawrence Press). Her latest collection, HIJRA, was recently selected as a winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press.

Danielle Badra is working on her MFA in Poetry at George Mason University. She is the poetry editor of So To Speak literary journal. She recently published a chapbook of contrapuntal poetry, Dialogue with the Dead, through Finishing Line Press. In Spring 2015, she was a visiting writer at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan where her chapbook was taught in intermediate and advanced poetry classes. She currently works as a TA at George Mason University teaching undergraduate English composition and an Arab-American literature course. Her working-thesis project involves creating conversation amongst marginalized communities through collaboration and de-centering authorship.

Rasha Abdulhadi grew up between Damascus and rural south Georgia and cut her organizing teeth on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. She is a cultural worker, educator, community technologist, and once and future farmer and beekeeper, as well as a member of Alternate ROOTS and the Radius of Arab American Writers. Her work appears at, in Mizna, and a forthcoming anthology on Arab American aesthetics. She lives in Silver Spring, MD.

Zein El-Amine was born and raised in Lebanon. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Maryland where he teaches classes on Arabic language and culture. His poems have been published by Wild River Review, Folio, Split this Rock (featured poem of the week), Foreign Policy in Focus, Beltway Quarterly, DC Poets Against the War Anthology, Penumbra, GYST and Joybringer. His Short stories have been published by Boundoff and Uno Mas magazines. Zein lives in Columbia Heights, Washington DC.

Zeina Azzam is executive director of The Jerusalem Fund and its educational program, the Palestine Center. She has worked in the fields of education and Middle East affairs for over thirty years, largely at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, and as editor of academic publications. Her articles have appeared in Jadaliyya, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, Calliope, and Social Education. Zeina’s poems have been published in Mizna, Sukoon Magazine, and the anthologies Gaza Unsilenced (Alareer and El-Haddad, eds.) and Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves (Fowler, ed.). She holds an M.A. in Arabic literature from Georgetown.


March 20: Sholeh Wolpé & Amal Kassir
April 17: Split This Rock Poetry Festival – Festival organizers and volunteers
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