The Peace, Poetry & Policy Project

In the words of the famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish,

Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.

Peace, Poetry, and Policy—a multilingual anthology of poems on peace, conflict transformation, and social change, edited by Professor Marie Butcher, is a project to demonstrate how poetry has historically been and continues to be a vehicle for social change and conflict transformation.

This multilingual anthology of poetry by the greater Middlebury community and guests will showcase a diversity of languages and perspectives, focused on topics around peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

For the past several years, the International Cultural Gathering club has been meeting monthly to share poems in a range of languages to include – Arabic, Turkish, Farsi,  Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Thai, English, Russian, Ukrainian, and more. We hope to bring this rich tapestry of languages and cultures—infused with the common thread of the urgency for deepening cultural understanding, transforming conflict, and portraying a vision of global peace —for you to see and hear in this forthcoming text and audio book.

Please reach out to our team to learn more and consider sharing a poem to the anthology. 

Editor: Professor Marie Butcher, Program Head of EAPP (English for Academic & Professional Purposes) at MIIS (the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey).


We are submitting the manuscript and will update our publication timeline soon!