Posted November 24, 2023

24-Hour International Reading, Organizing, and Direct Aid

International Reading for Freedom of Expression & Solidarity with Palestine

On November 25th, we gather writers from around the world for a 24-hour reading in support of Palestinian writers, Palestinian voices in diaspora, and their allies. We gather in the spirit of fundamental respect for life and liberation. As individual poets, artists & writers, and representatives of independent arts organizations, we call for an end to all ongoing genocidal aggression. We condemn the collective punishment of Palestinians, we condemn actions that perpetuate cycles of violence, and we call for a global commitment to protect freedom of expression and critical dissent. 

Watch the reading on YouTube

November 25 – November 26, 2023

Start Time: 3pm EEST / 1pm GMT / 8am EST / 5am PST

Times below are GMT

Saturday 25 November
1-2:30pm Palestine, hosted by Munir Nuseibah
2:30-3pm Algeria, hosted by Habib Tengour
3-3:30pm Galicia, Spain, hosted by Oriana Mendez
3:30-4:30pm UK, hosted by Camilla Nelson
4:30-5:30pm Argentina, hosted by Robin Myers
5:30-6:10pm New York, US, hosted by E. Tracy Grinnell
6:10-6:30pm New York, US, hosted by Jade Hickey
6:30-7pm New York, US, hosted by Sarah Riggs and Malvika Jolly
7-7:30pm Chile, hosted by Carlos Soto Roman
7:30-8pm Montreal, Canada hosted by Erin Moure
8-8:30pm New York, US, hosted by Stephen Motika
8:30-9pm New York, US, hosted by Marine Cornuet & Rebekah Smith
9-10pm San Francisco Bay Area, US hosted by David Buuck & Noah Ross
10-10:30pm Vancouver, Canada hosted by Stephen Collis
10:30-11:30pm Puerto Rico, hosted by Raquel Salas Rivera and Mara Pastor
11:30pm-12am Colorado, US, hosted by Jeffrey Pethybridge

Sunday 26 November
12-12:30am San Francisco, US, hosted by Steve Dickison
12:30-1:30am Toronto, Canada, hosted by Ghazal Mosadeq & Ami Xherro
1:30-3:00am Le Trio Joubran featuring Mahmoud Darwish, plus other readings and screenings
3-3:30am Arizona, US, hosted by Farid Matuk
3:30-4:30am Australia, hosted by Samah Sabawi
4:30-5am Afghanistan, hosted by Bobuq Sayed
5-6am Cuba, hosted by Eilyn Lombard & Jamila Medina
6-7am India, hosted by Mamta Sagar
7-8:30am Film Screening of De tout cœur… by Safaa Fathy and Multi-national readings
8:30-9am Pakistan, Qudsia Akhtar
9-10am Iran, hosted by Aidin Poori & Granaz Mousavi
10-11am Turkey, hosted by Oyku Tekten
11-11:30am Ireland, hosted by Tapasya Narang
11:30am-1pm Palestine, hosted by Munir Nuseihbah

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We are deeply engaged in conversations about what tanglible actions we can take as artists, poets, translators, and small organizations to address injustice on a structural level. We resolutely reject all forms of racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism, anti-Blackness, queer and transphobia, misogyny, and the creation of false oppositions in service of a disastrous status quo. This is active, ongoing work—personal, organizational, and social—and we will never be done with it.

For now, we are mobilizing around calls for direct aid to address the humanitarian crisis caused by the relentless bombings in Gaza. Friends in Palestine are asking for contributions to the following organizations:



Medical Aid for Palestine

United Nations Relief and Works Agency

Palestinian Feminist Collective

Middle East Children’s Alliance

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

Islamic Relief Canada

Humanitarian Coalition Canada


Direct Aid to Gaza

Follow and DM @malfoufeh (Instagram) for instructions to donate through them to trusted organizations distributing funds on the ground, including Center for Women’s Legal Research, Counseling and Protection, a feminist organization based in Gaza.


Call your Representatives

We encourage New Yorkers to contact your Senators
Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillebrand to demand a permanent ceasefire and  an end to apartheid.

We also encourage New Yorkers to read NYS Executive Order 157 and contact Governor Kathy Hochul to tell her what you think.