restricted access The Mission of American Poets and Writers Visiting the 2008 Kolkata Book Fair
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220 The Mission of American Poets and Writers Visiting the 2008 Kolkata Book Fair The United States is one of the most diverse nations in the world. Likewise, India is similarly diverse, and it is this shared sense of diversity that sparked the idea of selecting a small group of American poets and writers (twelve) to participate in the 2008 Kolkata Book Fair. In a worldwide climate of distrust and violence , we believe that art, especially literature, can still facilitate a peaceful dialogue and fruitful exchange of ideas. The presence of the selected poets and writers will be the physical proof of our attempt to build bridges between Indian and American artists, intellectuals, and publishers. We aim to address questions regarding minority and majority ethnic and linguistic identities in multicultural democracies and the role of the word as bearer of both culture and history. Critical to this project is the effect of poetry on the daily lives and identities of each country’s citizenry and its ability to transcend cultural, generational, political , and technological borders. ...


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