A Night of Poetry: Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here!

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Image of a shelf containing artwork. Behind the shelf is a mirror through which a viewer can see that each drawing has two sides. The reflection shows the inner experiences of an incarcerated person, the non-reflected image shows outer prison experience.
Mirror of Time (detail) by Nasrin Navab, installed in Reckless Law, Shameless Order: An Intimate Experience of Incarceration at Krannert Art Museum, 2022.
Mar 3, 2022 - 4-6 pm
Lower Level, Hood Classroom and Virtual Event
Sponsored by the Center for African Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Krannert Art Museum

Join us for this poetry event, presented both in-person and online via Zoom, as part of Reckless Law, Shameless Order: An Intimate Experience of Incarceration.

On March 5, 2007, two car bombs exploded on Al Mutanabbi Street, in the heart of Baghdad's ancient book district. The explosions killed twenty-six people and wounded over one-hundred. 

In 2012, an anthology of writing in response to the attack, called Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, was published. 

Public readings from Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, organized by the Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition, have been held around the world in early March since that tragic event.

Honoring courageous journalists around the world—freedom of the press is freedom of speech and freedom of knowledge.


Nasrin Navab

Patrick Pursley

Crushion Stubbs

Mehri Jafari

Adeyinka Alasade

Matthew Murrey

John Palen


To attend the virtual event, delivered via Zoom, registration is required. | Register Online


Krannert Art Museum endeavors to be accessible to all. The event will be in English. The event will be CART captioned for both in-person and online audiences. If you have questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please email kam-accessibility@illinois.edu.