Remi Kanazi, spoken word artist and pro-Palestine activist, recently came to Bowdoin to perform for a packed audience in Ladd House. Bowdoin is just one stop on a busy college tour for Kanazi. “I work with student activists to challenge inequality in society,” he said.
In between reciting his poetry, Kanazi indulged in playful banter intermingled with serious stories of his experience as a Palestinian-American. Kanazi wasn’t the only poet to perform; Bowdoin students also recited original works. Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Brian Purnell introduced the event.
Kanazi said he was impressed with the political and artistic spirit of Bowdoin students. “This is nutty how good the poets are. And I’m teaching a workshop tomorrow? I’m going to be like, write a poem and perform it, we’re done,” he said.
Kanazi was invited to Bowdoin by Bowdoin’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, a nationwide group that seeks to end the oppression of Palestinian refugees in Israel. The event was also hosted by Bowdoin’s Slam Poet Society, whose members often overlap with those of SJP’s.