Highschool, college and adult participants gathered with Heather Derr-Smith on May 21st at the United World College American Corner in Mostar. Writers and scholars and students and composers were all present to share poems and fiction by Jericho Brown, Ilya Kaminsky, Amila Kahrovic Posavljak, Selma Asotic, Maggie Smith, Adrienne Rich and more. Everyone read work, discussed, and wrote lines inspired by the pieces we read. It was a moving time, refelcting on generational trauma, forms of resistance, and healing.
Published by Heather Derr-Smith
Heather Derr-Smith is an American Poet and the author of The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005). and Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press. 2016). Her fourth collection, Thrust, won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and was published at Persea Books in 2017. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She teaches poetry in conflict zones and post-conflict zones and with refugees, migrants, and trauma survivors in the United States. View all posts by Heather Derr-Smith