Illuminated Verses: Poetries of the Islamic World

Illuminated Verses explored some of the rich and varied poetic traditions of the Islamic world. This series of programs, organized by Poets House and City Lore, was held throughout the spring and culminated on May 7, 2011, with a day-long public symposium. The series was followed by an all-day closed-door session to discuss strategies for national dissemination of the project and continued Poets House’s exploration of humanity's shared poetic legacy and celebration of poetic traditions from around the globe.

Presented in conjunction with the Asia Society & Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Illuminated Verses was made possible through a special Bridging Cultures grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.