Thanks to Elizabeth Austen for resurrecting the recording of this poem at Elliott Bay Books four years ago; it will air today, Saturday and be repeated on Monday on KUOW, Seattle's NPR station. May it do some good to remind people of our collective humanity.Thank you, Elizabeth.
Susan Rich And 'Mohamud At The Mosque'
Susan Rich's poems often draw on things she witnessed as a Peace Corps volunteer and human rights activist in faraway countries. In September 2001, however, one of her students at Highline Community College had an experience in Tukwila, Washington, that led Susan to write today's poem, "Mohamud at the Mosque." The poem appears in her 2006 collection, "Cures Include Travel" from White Pine Press.
Susan is the author of two other collections of poetry, "The Cartographer's Tongue: Poems of the World" (White Pine Press, 2000) and "The Alchemist's Kitchen" (White Pine Press, 2010). She teaches literature and film studies at Highline Community College. She was recorded at Elliott Bay Books September 7, 2006. The reading was a co–production with Hedgebrook.