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Kairos Poetry Café Presents: Poetry Reading Open Mic + Featuring: Frank Romano & Obsidian

Salem-News visitors in New York, please attend this special event.

Dr. Frank Romano
Dr. Frank Romano. Courtesy:

(NEW YORK) - Frank Romano & Obsidian will be featured as Kairos Poetry Café Presents: Poetry Reading Open Mic Sunday, the 12th of June. At this special event, Dr. Frank Romano will read poems for the first time from his new memoir on organizing interfaith events in Israel and Palestine.

Our regular readers are familiar with Frank Romano's tireless work in forging a road to peace in the Middle east. Every three months he leads a new Interfaith Peace March through the West Bank and others places significant to the long-running dispute between the Israeli and Palestinian people.

Like so many similar efforts, Dr. Romano's marches are completely peaceful and while they draw their share of sparks and confrontations from authorities, he always gets his message across and it is one of solidarity and humanity and he is joined by Muslim, Jewish and Christian people as well as others who don't follow any particular faith.

Freeing Palestine and seeing its people liberated is a notion that entirely revolves around peace and non-violence. Frankly I don't know how he manages to do everything he does, perhaps that is why among all Palestinian liberation activists in my world, and we're talking about a lot of people, he is one I respect the most.

When he isn't laying out his time to promote peace and educational awareness in the Middle east, Frank spends his time working as a professor in Paris and he also works as an attorney in both Southern California and Paris.

Dr. Frank Romano during an interview with Tim King

The reason Dr. Romano spends his time the way he does, is significantly tied to his very early adult years when he survived one of the most amazing spiritual and physical journeys as a prisoner in a madrasa in Morocco where he was held against his will, after exhibiting interest in Islam.

Frank had been warned away from this 'school' by many of his friends in Morocco who were Muslim, but not radical like the Imams where he would learn a great deal; too much, and narrowly escape.

His harrowing experience brought part of the education he sought, and empowered this fellow native of California and Oregon to live an absolutely fascinating life of extreme tolerance toward people of all faiths. He was not left bitter by the experience in Morocco and his book, Storm Over Morocco is a fascinating account of this experience.

The release of new memoir scheduled for June 12th, 2011.

Ruth Wire, poet and director of HayWire Writers’ Workshop said, "It is impossible not to feel more alive after reading Frank Romano’s volcanic bursts of poetry."


Sunday, 3-5 pm, June 12th, 2011
Kairos Poetry Café
81 White Street, NY
(corner of White & Broadway, 2 blocks S. of Canal)

So, I hope our wonderful readers on the east coast, particularly in New York, will take the time to visit and listen to this poetry reading, I promise it will be fantastic.

Learn more about Frank Romano and the Interfaith Freedom Marches in the Occupied Territories and Israel:

May-31-2010: Interfaith Freedom March May be Most Important Ever - Dr. Frank Romano for

Mar-24-2010: Interfaith Freedom March in West Bank Spreads Message of Peace and Unity - Tim King

Sep-10-2009: Israeli Soldiers Threaten Interfaith Freedom March in Palestine - Tim King

Aug-06-2009: Book Review: Storm Over Morocco Reveals Mysteries of Islam - Tim King

Aug-18-2009: Oregon Native Announces Interfaith Freedom March in West Bank - Video by Kevin Montgomery

Mar-24-2009: Interfaith Marches in Bethlehem Deliver Message of Peace - Tim King

Dr. Frank Romano is the author of STORM OVER MOROCCO, autobiographical narrative about following spiritual path while living with extremist religious sect. You can purchase the book at: Storm Over Morocco

Learn more by visiting:

Storm Over Morocco: Frank Romano's Storm Over Morocco


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