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Palestinian Poet and Pacifist to speak at St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre

Ibtisam Barakat, author of the newly released memoir, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, and author/journalist Suzanne Fisher Staples will speak at St. Stephen’s Pro-cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, Wednesday evening, April 11, at 7:00, about the prospects for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.


They will touch on topics that range from how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a core issue for world peace today; why understanding the Palestinian point of view is an essential component of peace; the effects on Palestinian children of growing up under Israeli occupation; and what Americans can do to influence government to move toward peace and healing for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.   

Ibtisam, who grew up in the  West Bank, is a poet, educator, and pacifist whose work focuses on the healing of social injustices, especially those affecting young people. Tasting the Sky was released by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February to excellent reviews. She was interviewed early in March by Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air.

Suzanne, known around St. Stephen's as Suzanne Harley, is the author of Under the Persimmon Tree, a novel set in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where she served as a reporter for many years. She currently teaches writing workshops in the United Arab Emirates.

[Information provided by Daniel Gunn, rector, St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre]

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