Alexandria poet laureate to speak at the United Nations on Friday

Poet Laureate Zeina Azzam reads her poem ‘Like The Trees of Alexandria’ at Alexandria’s birthday celebration at Oronoco Bay Park, July 10, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

Zeina Azzam, the Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria, is scheduled to speak at United Nations this Friday, May 17.

Azzam will be there as part of a commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, the mass displacement and dispossession of Palestinians during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

The poetry will be part of a panel discussion called 1948–2024: The Ongoing Palestinian Nakba to be held at the headquarters in New York.

According to a release:

Ms. Azzam, a Palestinian American whose parents, brother, and most of her extended family were forced to flee from Palestine during the Nakba, will introduce and read a selection of her poems. A panel of academics and experts will then discuss the history and current situation of Palestinians in occupied Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israel, and the global Palestinian refugee diaspora.