The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in collaboration with Poetry magazine and the Corcoran present "I am the beggar of the world" on Wednesday, July 31.

Join journalist/poet Eliza Griswold and photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy for readings of Landay: Afghan folk poems by women about drones, war, sex, rage, love—an ancient form with modern content. Readings of the poems will be followed by a screening of Murphy's short film "Snake" and a moderated Q&A.

Wednesday, July 31
6:30 pm
Corcoran Gallery of Art - College of Art + Design
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Please use New York Avenue entrance

Reception follows

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. RSVP at

Learn more about Eliza and Seamus's reporting project Afghanistan: On Love and Suicide.

The entire June issue of Poetry magazine is dedicated to Landays selected by Eliza, and features explanatory text from her and images by Seamus.


Anonymous and spoken, landai, two-line Pashtun poems, have served for centuries as a means of self-expression for women. Today they are an important vehicle of public dissent.


November 21, 2013 /
Seamus Murphy, Eliza Griswold
While walking through Saudi Arabia, Paul Salopek wondered why so many Saudi women kept calling his cell phone.
August 14, 2013 /
Rebecca Gibian, Seamus Murphy
Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy win for their collection of landays in Poetry magazine's June 2013 issue.