Poets Against War continues the tradition of socially engaged poetry by creating venues for poetry as a voice against war, tyranny and oppression.

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How to Create a Poetry Reading

We encourage you to set up your own public readings of poetry against the war, contact the press in your city or town, and make the heavens sing with the power of this protest. Use this page to schedule a candlelight vigil in your area that others will be able to sign up for. You must read this page carefully and enter all required info below.

Here's how to make your poetry reading against war a success:

  1. Email your friends to invite them to your reading. Ask them to email their friends as well. Other Poets Against the War and members of your community will also be able to come to your reading. So you will probably be joined by many others in your community. But if you bring your friends, then you'll be sure to have a good-sized group.

  2. Contact your local media and tell them about the readings you plan to attend.

  3. Take photos -- if you have a digital camera. Crop and resize your photos to fit on a Web page and send them in .jpg format to info@poetsagainstwar.net

How-to Guide for creating a reading

Want help with the poetry reading you're planning? We've put together a quick How To Guide for organizing a reading. Need more promotion tools? Here is a flier that you can print out and fill in for your reading: (Word file).

Submit a Reading for listing on the PAW web site:

Note: Please make sure you enter the Date and Time in the right format, or you'll get an error message and will need to retype the information.

(a indicates a required field.)

Date of Readinga (for example, mm/dd/yy)
Time of Readinga (for example, 8:00 PM)
Title of Reading
Full Addressa
Location (city and state, or country)a
Description of Reading
Contact Telephone
The following fields will not be displayed on our website with the Reading information.  It is just for PAW to contact you if needed.
Submitter's Firstnamea
Submitter's Lastnamea
Submitter's Emaila

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Dear Friends,

We are writing with an urgent appeal to join a group of prominent Americans who will appear on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday, April 19th to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.  The appearance of this distinguished group can be a galvanizing catalyst.

There is a moment now when impeachment can begin.   

The millions of people who thought they were repudiating the war when they voted out the Republicans this past November increasingly feel betrayed and angry.  Far from deterred, Bush is moving forward with new war plans.  He faces almost no opposition to a strike against Iran. 

The more public pressure for impeachment builds, the more Bush's war options will become limited. The more his war crimes are exposed and opposed, the greater the impetus for his removal and repudiation. 

The Bush Administration has promoted the end of habeas corpus, officially sanctioned torture, and declared the possibility of war without end.  From Katrina to the latest purging of Federal Prosecutors their disdain for law has no bounds, and continues.

In times of great emergency, the impossible becomes possible. That time is now.  Be there on the Capitol steps.

Rocky Anderson,  Olympia Dukakis,  Chris Hedges,  Elizabeth Holtzman,  Tom Morello,  John Nichols,  Michael Ratner,  Cindy Sheehan 

Endorsed by: Edward Asner, Russell Banks, Noam Chomsky, Ariel Dorfman, Niles Eldredge, Eve Ensler, Sam Hamill, Cynthia McKinney, Marcus Raskin, Mark Ruffalo, Luc Sante, James Schamus, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn


Elaine Brower (917-520-0767); or, to Andy Zee (917-723-9071) or, to Elaine or Andy, via e-mail at 50steps@worldcantwait.org   



For a just and durable peace in the Middle East

The Petition started on November 29th 2006, the International Day for the Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with a one page ad of 200 primary signatories.