Peace and Disarmament

Back to listFeb 22, 2005

Writer Ishmael Reed and Jazz Pianist Mary Watkins Collaborate on "Poetry for Peace" in San Francisco: Selections of SGI President's Poetry "Fighting for Peace" Introduced

Ishmael Reed

On January 23, a poetry reading titled "Poetry for Peace," featuring renowned African American writer Ishmael Reed, took place at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California. Dunhill Publishing, the African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library sponsored the free program.

Mr. Reed introduced SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and read selections from Mr. Ikeda's book of poetry, Fighting for Peace, along with his own poetry. A jazz ensemble accompanied the poetry, led by eclectic composer-pianist Mary Watkins and versatile drummer, classical guitarist, improvisational cellist and music educator Joyce Kouffman. Mr. Reed, who contributed a foreword to Fighting for Peace, praised Mr. Ikeda as someone who challenges stereotypes and providing a message of peace and optimism about our common future, in a chaotic time. Some 250 cultural figures and local residents attended. A local cable television covered the event. [English translation of the poetry of Daisaku Ikeda, Fighting for Peace, is published by Dunhill Publishing, San Francisco, California.].

Poetry reading, accompanied by jazz combo
Attendees at "Poetry for Peace" at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco