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Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence



SATURDAY, JAN. 20, 2018 | THE CLINTON SCHOOL [Sturgis Hall, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock]

3:00 PMBullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence is the first poetry anthology in the United States focused on the effects of widespread gun violence. The book pairs contemporary poems with responses by gun violence survivors, family members of victims, law enforcement officers, clergy members, politicians, and a range of other voices.


The Oxford American and the Clinton School of Public Service are honored to present poetry contributors reading from their works in the book and speaking about their experiences, local poets and leaders performing and discussing the unique challenges that face Little Rock, and discussion about opportunities for action in all of our communities. Dr. Brian Clements, one of the anthology’s editors, will also share a bit of background about the project.

Featured speakers:
Clinton Distinguished Lecturer Tarfia Faizullah
Editors Brian Clements and Alexandra Teague
Local activists Jay BarthCrystal C. MercerLeifel Jackson, and Austin Bailey

“Survivors, advocates, and allies can change hearts and minds—and move more people to join our fight for solutions—by telling stories about the irreparable damage that gun violence does to families and communities across the country.” 
—From the Foreword by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly 

“The aim of this anthology—so ably and passionately put together by the editors—is to try to shift the nature of the debate around guns and give voice to the effect of violence in a manner that isn’t always associated with the poetic.” 
—From the Introduction by Colum McCann 

About the Editors: 
Brian Clements is the author of multiple books, most recently A Book of Common Rituals, and editor of An Introduction to the Prose Poem. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut, where his wife, a teacher, survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 

Alexandra Teague is the author of Mortal Geography, winner of the California Book Award for Poetry, and The Wise and Foolish Builders. Alexandra is an associate professor of poetry at the University of Idaho. 

Dean Rader is the author of Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry and editor of 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry. He lives in San Francisco.