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Banipal's first New York reading launched The Spring 2007 (No 28) special issue on contemporary Lebanese poetry, which featuring poems by both well-known and emerging poets, including:Ounsi el-Hage, Bassam Hajjar, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Paul Chaoul, Abdo Wazen, Inaya Jaber, Joumana Haddad, Zeinab Assaf, Abbas Beydoun, Yehia Jaber, Youssef Bezzi & Nazem al-Sayed, Etel Adnan, Wadih Sa'adeh, Jad el-Hage.
Poems read by
Surprise Visit of Iraqi Poet Fadhil al-Azzawi who read two poems
The evening was sponsored by Banipal magazine and xanadu Gallery, Beirut/New York