Poetry on the Streets of Kosovo

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Last December Ivan Tresoldi, a street poetry artist from Milano, Italy, led a workshop for young Kosovo Serbian poets and artists sponsored by forumZFD, a bipartisan organization with a mission to push for "the realization of the idea of a Civilian Peace Service." The aim of the workshop was to help participants deal with the past and create poetry and art along the topic of memories and identities. For more information about Kosovo, visit the State Department's Web site.

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Louder Than a Bomb

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The documentary film Louder Than a Bomb, produced and directed by Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs, follows four teams as they prepare for and compete in Chicago's youth poetry slam. The film, which has been picking up awards from film festivals all across the country, will open May 18 at the IFC Center in New York City. Visit www.louderthanabombfilm.com for screening dates in a city near you.

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Veteran Poetry

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The Welcome, which premiered at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Oregon last month, is a documentary film about a group of veterans who met over Memorial Day weekend in 2008 to use poetry and storytelling to come to terms with their experiences in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. You can read some of the resulting poems and watch videos of the veterans reading them at The Welcome Home Project's website.

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To Be Heard

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The documentary film To Be Heard, which made its debut last November and won a grand jury prize and the audience award at the film festival Doc NYC, follows three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry.

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