Qalam wa Kalima: A Centennial Celebration of Al-Rabita Al-Qalamiyya (The Pen League)

Join us on Saturday, October 17 for Qalam wa Kalima – an online celebration!

This year marks the centennial of al-Rabita al-Qalamiyya (The Pen League), the literary society established in New York City in 1920 by a group of Arab writers and poets – Kahlil Gibran, Ameen Rihani, Elia Abu Madi and others – who immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century.

Join AANM as we commemorate this special anniversary with an exclusive virtual fundraiser, Qalam wa Kalima, at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, October 17, 2020. Qalam wa Kalima pays tribute to the enduring legacy of the Pen League’s members whose essays and poems contained some of the earliest expressions of Arab American cultural identity and whose experimental poetry left an indelible mark on the development of modern Arabic literature.

As one of the leading Arab American cultural institutions and the only museum in the country dedicated to sharing the Arab American experience, AANM looks forward to celebrating al-Rabita al-Qalamiyya’s centennial with our friends and supporters. The event will showcase the works of these Arab American literary giants through readings by contemporary Arab and Arab American poets and writers. We will also be launching our new online exhibition featuring works by and archival material from AANM’s collection related to the Pen League members.

Help support AANM’s efforts to preserve and promote Arab American cultural heritage. All proceeds from tickets sales for Qalam wa Kalima will benefit AANM’s ongoing mission to document, preserve and share the Arab American experience.

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