Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sixteen Floors Above the Ground

Sixteen Floors Above the Ground: a Benefit for the Sudanese Lost Boys of Cleveland

took place last November to raise monies and awareness for the young men from Southern Sudan, known as Lost Boys because they lost their homes and families to widespread genocide. The name of the event is from Langston Hughes' poem "Life is Fine". This November Green Panda Press plans a 2nd event, and seeks poets willing to find sponsorship from local businesses and organizations, to read their poems of hope and perseverance. In addition to the poetry reading, a silent auction of arts and crafts by locals will take place, raising money for the Friends of the Sudanese Lost Boys of Cleveland, a non-profit raising citizenship and other costs for the boys.

Last year we raised $1974.00 thru sponsorships and artwork sold. The goal is to exceed this number. If you can commit to getting sponsored by a local business (or businesses) for a minimum of $60.00, and want to read your poems, OR are a local artist and want to donate work for the auction, please email:

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau