Explore “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” at Queens Library

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Event in NYC: Queens Library extends an invitation to explore “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” an exhibition and program series to be held throughout Queens from March 5 – May 31, 2014. Admission to the exhibit and all events is free.
The keynote event will feature actor, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and novelist Ayad Akhtar. It will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Queens Library – Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY. Opening remarks will be made by Queens Library President and CEO Thomas W. Galante and by Executive Director of Poets House, Lee Briccetti. A reception and tour of the exhibit will follow.
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World examines the central role of poetry in the everyday lives of Muslim men and women around the globe. It taps into poetry’s ability to create indelible images, extend the reach of language and to express complex ideas and feelings through metaphor, making it a powerful force for illuminating cultural experiences. It looks at classical poetic traditions and contemporary poets.
The exhibit will be on display at Queens Library – Central through the end of May. It features photography and calligraphic masterworks, as well as the work of poets ranging from the 13th century Rumi to the contemporary poet Adonis. Queens Library has a full schedule of programs (below) for adults and children in libraries across the borough, and of course, books of poetry to borrow and enjoy.
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Queens Library along with the public libraries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville. It is funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor,  with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich your life®.
 
 
FREE PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World Exhibit Opening Celebration, Wednesday, March 5 at 6:00 PM,  Queens Library – Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica 
Join us for an evening featuring Ayad Akhtar, actor, Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist for Disgraced, and author of the well-received novel American Dervish. Light refreshments and a guided tour of the exhibit follow the presentation.
 
An Afternoon of Urdu Poetry in Song,  Saturday, March 8 at 3:00 PM, Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81st Street
Renowned Urdu ghazal singer Ajay Jha will perform accompanied by tabla and harmonium.
 
Book Discussion: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Wednesday, March 19 at 11:30 AM Queens Library – Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
A discussion of one of the most talked-about best-sellers.
 
Film Screening and Discussion of Prince Among Slaves, Saturday, March 22 at 3:00 PM Queens Library – Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica and Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 PM, Queens Library at Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona
View a documentary film about 26-year-old Abdul Rahman Sori, heir to the throne of one of the largest kingdoms in Africa who was captured in an ambush in 1788, sold to English slavers, endured the brutal Middle Passage to America and was purchased by a struggling Mississippi farmer.
 
Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf,  Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 PM, Queens Library – Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Through images and recordings, award-winning historian Sylviane Diouf illustrates how the blues, which originated in the American South, may have evolved from the techniques of the recitation of the Qur’an and the call to prayer in West Africa.
Book Discussion: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid, Friday, April 25 at
11:30 AM, Queens Library at Bay Terrace, 18-36 Bell Boulevard, Bayside 
Join us to talk about this heartfelt novel and motion picture.
  
Worlds of the Ghazal with Syed Akbar Hyder and Kiran Ahluwalia, Saturday, April 26 at  1:30 PM, Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard
Composed in sets of two-line verses, the ghazal has long been favored by poets from the Arabic Golden Age and the Ottoman courts to the contemporary English-speaking world. Scholar Syed Akbar Hyder offers a brief history of this form and thoughtful readings of works by two Urdu masters. The lecture is followed by a performance by Indo- Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia and her accompanist Rez Abbasi
Ebru Art with Bingul Sevimli (in Turkish), Monday, April 28 at 5:30 PM, Queens Library at Sunnyside, 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue.
Learn the techniques of traditional Ebru (paper marbling) and investigate the idea of paper as an art object.
 
Afghan Calligraphy Workshop with Mitra Dejkameh (in Dari and English), Wednesday, April 30 at 6:00 PM, Queens Library at  Pomonok, 158-21 Jewel Avenue
Learn about the major Urdu, Persian and Arabic calligraphy styles and practice the basics. 
Author Talk with Eliza Griswold: I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, Saturday, May 3 at 3:00 PM, Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard
Eliza Griswold travelled to Afghanistan to collect the couplets of this ancient oral and anonymous form created by and for mostly illiterate people: the more than 20 million Pashtun women who span the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Light refreshments will be served.
 
The Wind of Anatolia, Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 PM, Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard
Enjoy an unforgettable concert that includes traditional, classical, and popular Turkish music.
  
Author Talk with Leila Salloum Elias: The Sweets of Araby: Enchanting Recipes from the Tales of the 1,001 Arabian Nights, Saturday, May 10 at 2:30 PM, Queens Library at Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Avenue.
In her slide illustrated presentation, author Leila Salloum Elias discusses medieval Arabic cooking and sweets.
 
 
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Love Speaks: A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World, Sunday, May 11, 1:00 – 4:30 PM, The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1000 5th Ave (at 82nd Street) Manhattan
Celebrate Mother’s Day by exploring the many facets of love through poetry performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the Islamic Art galleries, followed by a special Sunday at the Met reading and discussion with New York State Poet Marie Howe, renowned poet and editor Kazim Ali, and Columbia University scholar Frances Pritchett. One free general admission per library cardholder.
 
Recent Fictions: By and About Muslim Americans, Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 PM, Queens Library – Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Over the last several years, we have seen a rise in publication of fiction about Muslim Americans. Writer and Brooklyn College English Professor Moustafa Bayoumi will discuss this trend and talk about the opportunities and limitations of being a newly discovered cultural trend.
  
Song of the Reed: Rumi with Dr. Jawid Mojaddedi and Amir Vahab, Saturday, May 17 at 5 PM, Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard
Scholar and translator Jawid Mojaddedi discusses the 13th century Persian poet Rumi and the beauty of Rumi’s Masnavi: its folk tales, sacred history, entertaining stories and lessons, all written in rhyming couplets. Also enjoy a performance of the poems set to music (in English and Persian) by distinguished composer and Persian classical performer Amir Vahab with his ensemble.
 
E-mails from Scheherazad: Poetry Reading and Talk with Poet Mohja Kahf,  Saturday, May 31 at 3:00 PM, Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81st Street. 
Mohja Kahf moved with her family from Syria and grew up in the Midwest. The similarities and differences in culture shape her poetry.
 
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FREE PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
Arabic Calligraphy Workshop for School-Age Children, Thursday, March 6 at 4:00 PM, Queens Library at Jackson Heights , 35-51 81st Street and Thursday, March 20 at 4:00 PM, Queens Library at Steinway, 21-45 31st Street, Astoria
Students will explore diverse Muslim cultures through art and create their own Arabic calligraphy project. For children ages 6-12.
 
A Magic Carpet Ride: Tales from the Arabian Nights and a Persian Carpet Craft, Wednesday, March 12  at 4:00 PM, Children’s Library Discovery Center, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Listen to the story of Aladdin and other tales from the Arabian Nights. Then create your own “magic carpet” using traditional Persian rug colors, designs, and motifs. For children ages 6-12.
 
The Gifts of Wali Dad, Reader’s Theater and Art from the Islamic World, Wednesday, March 19 at 4:00 PM, Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard
The kind hearted grasscutter Wali Dad finds that gifts can be a mixed blessing. Participants can help tell his story and then make a craft inspired by Islamic art. For children ages 6-12.
 
Poetic Textiles for Young Adults, Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 4:00 PM, Queens Library at Pomonok,158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing.
Turn a poem into a work of art. Materials will be provided. For ages 10 -14.
 
Celebrate Diversity: Poetic Voices from the Muslim World (in Englsih and Urdu), Monday, April 7 at 4:00 PM, Queens Library at Lefferts, 103-34 Lefferts Boulevard, Richmond Hill
Children ages 6-12 are invited to this bilingual program. Enjoy traditional stories, Urdu nursery rhymes and an introduction to Arabic letters. Participants will paint a truck inspired by Islamic art designs.
Pleasing Patterns: Poetry and Art from the Muslim World , Wednesday, April 9 at 4:00 PM,  Children’s Library Discovery Center, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Learn about traditional forms of Islamic poetry and write your own poem. Then make a mosaic with a traditional Islamic geometric design. For children ages 6-12.
 
Young Poetic Voices of Woodside , Friday, April 11 at 3:30 PM, Queens Library at Woodside, 54-22 Skillman Avenue
Children and teens are invited to read their own poems or a favorite poem by another author. Each participant will receive a small prize. Adults are welcome!
 
Saturday Science Lab: Spotlight on Muslim Inventions and Scientific Advances, Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 AM, Queens Library – Central, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Explore inventions and scientific advances from the Muslim world with hands-on science fun! Children ages 6-12 and their families are welcome to participate.
Muslim World Quilt, Tuesday April 15 and Friday, April 18 at 3:30 PM, Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
Children ages 8-14 will create a quilt inspired by words, poems, patterns and colors characteristic to the Arabic culture.
Marbled Paper from the Muslim World, Thursday, April 17 at 2:00 PM, Queens Library at Glen Oaks, 256-04 Union Turnpike
Learn how to create beautiful marbled prints on paper and hear some Arabic folktales. For grades 1-6.
Tales from Turkey and Turkish Marbled-Paper Bookmarks, Wednesday, May 14 at 4 PM, Children’s Library Discovery Center, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Hear folktales from Turkey and then create beautiful bookmarks using a kid-friendly version of an ancient Turkish paper-marbling technique. For children ages 6 -12.