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.
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Heathen is a 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, winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and was published at Persea Books in 2017. They are a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop ('94) where they studied with James Galvin, Jorie Graham, Marvin Bell and Mark Doty. Heathen is the Founder and Executive Director of Cuvaj se/Take Care a nonprofit supporting writers in conflict zones and post-conflict recovery zones. Heathen's fifth book, Ouskirts, is forthcoming from University of Akron Press in March 2022. View all posts by Heathen