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D.C. Poets Against the War records

Identifier: MS2251

Scope and Contents

This collection containes poetry, correspondence, flyers, buttons, clippings and other material relating to the Poets Against the War organization. Using poetry as a means of peaceful protest, this group reached out to thier community through events and workshops.


  • Creation: 2003-2008

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

In late January 2003, in response to an invitation to a symposium by Laura Bush to celebrate "Poetry and the American Voice," Sam Hamill declined, instead, he asked about 50 fellow poets to "reconstitute a Poets Against the War movement like the one organized to speak out against the war in speak up for the conscience of our country and lend your names to our petition against this war” by submitting poems of protest that he would send to the White House.

By March 1, more than 13,000 poems had been reviewed and posted by 25 volunteer editors. Since then the organization has grown to include poets from other nations such as England, Australia, Turkey, Italy, France, Germany, India, Pakistan.

Take from the Poets Against the War website,


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Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence, flyers,publications and other material relating the Poets against the War organization.


Without series, organized by folder as the material was donated.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sarah Browning, 07/17/2008 Acc# 2008.027



Guide to the D.C. Poets against the War records, 2003-2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America