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Friday, October 12, 2007

Celebrate 800 Years of Rumi

The great Persian poet, teacher, and philosopher, Rumi, turned 800 on September 30 of this year. Or at least he would have, were he still alive. Many writers and readers would argue that he does live on today — in his writing, his teachings, his philosophy, and his writing.

To celebrate 800 years of Rumi, there will be a literary event — call it a birthday party — at the Watermark Gallery in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Sunday, October 21.

The event, “A Rumi-esque Reading,” promises to be packed with diverse fiction, emotive poetry, surreal artwork, eastern music, rich wine, and celebratory camaraderie.

Hightlights of “A Rumi-esque Reading” include readings of Rumi’s work as well as readings or original, Rumi-inspired work from poets Deanna Nikaido and Cliff Lynn.

Three local fiction writers will share their work.

Caryn Coyle will read her story, “She Walks in Beauty,” about a Native American ancestor guiding a twentieth century woman on a spiritual journey

Nitin Jagdish will read "Lines: A Portrait Contemplates Its Audience" and "Fragments from a Backyard Melodrama.”

Eric D. Goodman will read excerpts from his novel, Womb. Womb is written from the point of view of an unborn child.

Diverse Expressions,” a collection of surreal artwork by Manzar Rassouli-Taylor , will be on display.

Eastern, Rumi-inspired music will be performed to enhance the mood. And speaking of mood-enhancement, did we mention the wine?

During the intermission as well as after the readings, members will have the opportunity to mingle with the authors, artists, and each other to talk about Rumi’s work and how his spirit lives on in the works of new artists today.

The Watermark Gallery is located in the Bank of America Center Skywalk Level, right across from the Inner Harbor, at 100 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The phone number is (410) 547-0452.

Learn more about the Watermark at their online gallery.


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