Beau Beausoleil Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition, San Francisco Poet and Bookseller Visiting February 28 to March 7, 2016 Sponsored by George Mason University School of Art and the National Endowment for the Arts
Beau Beausoleil will respond to exhibits and lead conversations about the free exchange of ideas, solidarity with the people of Iraq, and describe how social activism can create change.
"This project seeks to show where al-Mutanabbi Street starts in all of us: personally, in our communities, and in our nations. It seeks to show the commonality between this small street in Baghdad bombed in March 2007, and our own cultural centers, and why this attack was an attack on us all. This project sees al-Mutanabbi Street as a place for the free exchange of ideas; a place that has long offered its sanctuary to the complete spectrum of Iraqi voices. This is where the roots of democracy (in the best sense of the word) took hold hundreds of years ago."
Beau Beausoleil co-edited the "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" Anthology