Tea Project: Tea Engagement

Tea Project: Tea Engagement

Special Guests Bart de Kroon, Jeremiah Day, Ben Thompson, Jerica Arents, Marie Seebeck...

Sat, April 9, 2016

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$0.00 - $50.00

With special guests Bart de Kroon, Jeremiah Day, Kathy Kelly, Marc Falkoff, Poetry by Fatimah Asghar, Ladan Osman, and Roger Reeves, and more.

Tea Engagement
Tea Engagement
Tea Engagements are a cabaret of first person narratives, music, new poetry works paired with a Poem from Guantanamo, guest speakers, legal activism, academic talks about detention, war, love. Guests will be invited to sit at small tables and sip tea throughout the event.

With special guests Aliya Hana Hussein, Baher Azmy, James Yee, Kathy Kelly, Larry Siems, Poetry from the youth group Fresh Expressions, tea prepared in the Pakistani tradition by Sadia Nawab and Seemi Choudry, and more.

For more information visit: http://www.tea-project.org/

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Each donation will help cover project expenses and go Tea Project partners:

Center for Constitutional Rights
Council on American Islamic Relations
American Friends Service Committee
Poetry Center of Chicago
Special Guests Bart de Kroon, Jeremiah Day, Ben Thompson, Jerica Arents, Marie Seebeck...
Bart de Kroon, Jeremiah Day, Ben Thompson, Jerica Arents, Marie Shebeck, Marc Falkoff, Gerald Hankerson, poetry by Fatimah Asghar, Ladan Osman, and Roger Reeves, tea by Aliya Hana Hussain, and more

Bart de Kroon: Dutch guitarist and singer songwriter. De Kroon has roots in the DIY scene, playing in experimental rock bands. Since 2010 he has recorded three albums as Homemade Empire blending folk songwriting with an experimental sound that borrows from minimal drone music and lo-fi. Bart is working in collaboration with Jeremiah Day.

Ben Thompson: Served at BCCF on Forward Operating Base Abu Ghraib in 2004-2005 as a compound guard. After returning to the United States, he participated in a documentary which examines the state of US detention in operations in Iraq through the eyes of two of his former prisoners.

Fatima Ashghar: Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, PEN Poetry Series, The Paris-American, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. In 2011, she created Bosnia and Herzegovina's first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-violent contexts. Her chapbook After was released by Yes Yes Books fall of 2015.

Gerald Hankerson: Outreach coordinator at the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a host on Radio Islam. Through CAIR, Gerald addresses Human Rights violations in the areas of Islamophobia, media bias and forms of representation.

Jeremiah Day: Berlin based, American artist re-examining politicalconflicts and resistance through unfolding their subjective traces and contexts in photography, speech and body language. Day’s work has been presented at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, this year’s Thessaloniki Biennial, and presently at MAXXI, Museum of Art of the Twenty First Century, Rome.

Ladan Osman: Poet, lives in Chicago and is the winner of the African Poetry Book Fund's 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her manuscript The Kitchen-Dweller's Testimony. A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, Broadsided, Narrative Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and Vinyl Poetry.

Marc Falkoff: Provided legal representation for a number of detainees held in the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He edited Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak, a bestselling anthology and has been translated into a dozen languages. He currently teaches at Northern University School of Law. He received the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award in 2007 from the Southern Center for Human Rights together with many other awards.

Roger Reeves: Poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618