Rumi Poetry Festival

Main Library

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"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy." –Rumi

Poetry, art, music, and contemplation provide the framework for the 2013 Rumi Poetry Festival. Dedicated to celebrating arts in the community, this festival will feature recitations of Rumi's poems, as well as local poets, artists, and musicians sharing their thematically-related works. Please join us as we follow the artistic and spiritual path of Rumi, letting his poetry serve as a guide to awakened and compassionate living.

Free and open to the public, with reception to follow.
Presented in part by the Rumi Poetry Club

Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī) was a 13th-century Persian poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's major poetic work is the six-volume Masnavi: a collection of anecdotes and stories derived from the Qur’an, ḥadīth sources, and everyday lessons that illustrate a point or teach a moral. It primarily focuses on emphasizing inward personal Sufi interpretation—presenting the various dimensions of Sufi spiritual life and advising disciples along their spiritual path. Rumi's other major piece of poetry is the Dīwān-e Kabīr (The Great Work), which contains approximately 35,000 Persian couplets, 2,000 Persian quatrains, 90 ghazals (odes) and 19 rubayāt (quatrains) in Arabic, and a few dozen additional couplets in Turkish and Greek.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: (801) 524-8200