Thursday, December 30, 2010

Poets for Haiti: Benefit Anthology

Yes, poets are a quiet group,
but sometimes they make all kinds of important noise.
~ Kim Triedman, Introduction to Poets for Haiti

Yileen Press has published a new anthology, Poets for Haiti, that includes the work of 23 exceptional writers, including Jericho Brown, Lucille Clifton, Kim Stafford,  Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, and Gail Mazur, and seven artists, including Edouard Duval-Carrie and Pascale Monnin. The book, dedicated to the people of Haiti and those who work on their behalf, is the result of a gathering of poets for a benefit reading at Harvard University six weeks after the January 12, 2010, earthquake that devastated the island nation. 

All proceeds from sales of the anthology, which includes stunning artwork by Haiti's wonderful visual artists, will benefit Partners in Health, which delivers community-based health care services to some of the poorest and most remote areas in Haiti. The creation of PIH by Dr. Paul Farmer is the subject of Tracey Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains. Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, executive director of PIH, contributed the Preface. The collection is edited by poet and novelist Kim Triedman, who worked with Jim Henle to organize the Harvard reading.

I hope you will order copy of the collection and support the wonderful work being done by PIH. (To order (including via PayPal), go here.) I received my copy on the day before Christmas and can attest that this is a splendid collection that speaks eloquently to the hope we all have for Haiti.



Online Video of Poets for Haiti Reading


Louise Gallagher said...

Thank you as always Maureen for keeping Haiti in the forefront of my mind -- and actions.

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Kim Triedman said...

Many thanks for posting this, Maureen!
Kim Triedman