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NC poets on 9/11, aftermath

A group reading of Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

Edited by Joseph Bathanti and David Potorti, the poems come at 9/11 through a variety of lenses and its vast associated collateral fallout: Islamophobia, the vilification of immigrants and the undocumented, ramped-up xenophobia, nationalism and isolationism, war and supercharged military budgets that continue to impoverish our nation, with accompanying losses of community, health and hope, and concurrent rises in homophobia, transphobia, virulent racism and domestic terrorism. 

Event attendees will be required to wear a mask as per the Jackson County mandate. To reserve copies of Crossing the Rift, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499. For more information about the event, call the bookstore or library at 828.586.2016.

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