Friday, August 19, 2011

Final Friday -- Readings from the Afghan Women's Writing Project

On August 26th at 7 p.m. as a part of our special Final Friday programming, the Midwest Writing Center will be hosting an open mike style reading of essays compiled by the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project is designed to allow the voices of Afghan women to be heard around the world. Written in English, the essays and poems span topics from the Taliban to education and are often submitted by women who must keep their writing a secret from their friends and family. This is their chance to express an opinion that is not filtered through male relatives or members of the media. The online magazine was established to share these essays with the Western world in order to dispel misconceptions about Afghan society and to open a bridge of communication between very disparate cultures.

The Midwest Writing Center would like to invite those who are interested to participate in the reading as an example of this bridge between two cultures. If you are interested in reading one of the essays, visit the Afghan Women’s Writing Project website to choose a poem or an essay then contact the Midwest Writing Center at via email at or phone at 563-324-1410. Please also email or call if you need any additional information or help choosing a reading piece.

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