Ibis has made a concerted effort over the years to participate in public events that seek to bring the spirit of the literature we publish to the widest variety of audiences. It has also been extremely important to us to work together with a range of institutions and organizations whose vision in some way overlaps with our own. Among the events in which our writers, translators, and editors have taken part:
- An evening of Arabic poetry, New York City, cosponsored by Teachers &Writers Collaborative, in the wake of September 11;
- A tour: Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, Hebrew poet Aharon Shabtai, and their translator Peter Cole read to students, faculty, and community members at various American universities;
- Interviews with two Ibis poets, Samih al-Qasim and Taha Muhammad Ali, and Ibis editors Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman on PBS’s “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”
- Reading and benefit for Genesis at the Crossroads, Chicago, a group that encourages dialogue between Arabs, Jews, and Persians;
- Reading and conversation with Marcel Cohen and Raphael Rubinstein, New York, co-sponsored by Instituto Cervantes and the American Sephardic Federation;
- Reading and discussion at the American Colony hotel with Samih al-Qasim and Peter Theroux, translator of Emile Habiby’s Saraya, the Ogre’s Daughter; Jerusalem;
- “Poetry as Understanding,” The inaugural event in “Necessary Translations,” a reading series at the Kitchen in New York, co-sponsored by the PEN Translation Committee and the Poetry Society of America;
- Lecture about George Seferis’s poetry and diplomacy by translator Roderick Beaton, at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York, sponsored by the Greek Consul General of New York and the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce;
- “Publisher sans frontiéres,” a presentation of Ibis’s books at the London Jewish Book Fair.
Other institutions and venues that have cosponsored Ibis events or readings by Ibis authors include: The New Israel Fund, Deutsches Haus (NYU), The Center for Jewish History, The Dodge Poetry Festival, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Berlin International Literature Festival, The Jerusalem Cinematheque, The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University, Wesleyan University, Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies, The University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Skidmore College, Grace Lutheran Church (Nyaskuna, New York), De Paul University, the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, The University of Chicago, ‘Olam Qatan, Tmol Shilshom (Jerusalem), Printed Matter (New York), the residence of the British Ambassador to Israel, the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce, the Greek Foreign Ministry, the Bookshop at the American Colony (Jerusalem), and the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University.