Oracles of Change: Interfaith Understanding Through Poetry(Spirit & Place)

Oracles of Change: Interfaith Understanding Through Poetry(Spirit & Place)
Contributed By: events coordinator
Organizing Institution: Franklin College
Start Date: November 12, 2021 (3:00am)
End Date: November 12, 2021 (4:30am +03)
Cost: Free
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This event explores the change theme through the art of poetry. Hear poems from Sikh and Muslim artists and reflect on how poetic imagery can be one of the very first tools to help us make sense of societal change. This event is part of the Spirit & Place Festival.

Poet Bios

Sadiyah Bashir, poet, fashion blogger, and freelance writer, is a two-time youth Grand Slam poetry champion. Her poetry has been showcased on various media such as Al-Jazeera, Apple, Busboys and Poets, and UNICEF. Her first book, Seven, explores trauma and triumph through the lens of Black Muslim womanhood. She is currently working on a second manuscript documenting the history and lives of Black Muslims in America.

Preeti Kaur Rajpal writes poetry and nonfiction. Her work can be found in literary publications, including Spook, Tupelo Quarterly, and Lantern Review. She has been a Poetry Fellow at Loft Literary, POETRY Incubator, Tin House, Kearny Street Workshop, and other literary institutions around the country. She received a 2019-2020 inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship in Literature. She is a writer-in-residence at Storyknife and Anderson Center in 2021 and at Djerassi in 2022. Her forthcoming book of poems explores contemporary Sikh experiences in the United States through the lenses of family, nation, history, and memory.


The Spirit & Place Festival (Nov. 4-14) celebrates the powerful role the arts, humanities, and religion play in community life and is housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Learn more at


This event will be virtual. There will be a watch party option for Franklin College students, faculty, and staff. A link will be sent to registrants via email by Monday, November 8, 2021. Participants will not be on camera but will be encouraged to participate via chat.

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