Source: Rumi Poetry Club
Mowlana Jalaluddin Balkhi Rumi (1207-1273) is one of the top five Persian poets of all time and also arguably the greatest Persian Sufi poet in history. His two masterpieces, the Divan-e Shams and the Masnavi-e Ma'anavi, are rich reservoirs of perennial wisdom and love poetry in world literature. In the East, he is reputed for centuries by the unique title of Mawlana or Mowlana ("Our Master"). In the recent decades, Rumi (as known in the West) has been one of the most widely read poets in North America - thanks to the popular translations and renditions of his poetry to modern English poetry.
Rumi Poetry Club, located in Salt Lake City, Utah is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in 2007 on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of Rumi's birth (an occasion celebrated and honored by Unesco and other cultural entities around the world), Rumi Poetry Club has made modest but steady progress over the past decade. We have held monthly meetings (usually the first Tuesday of each month) and an annual Rumi Poetry Festival in the month of September. Hundreds of people have attended these gatherings and have learned about Rumi's work and vision. These meetings have been hosted by the Salt Lake Public Library. All of our meetings have been free and open to the public.
Rumi Poetry Club celebrates spiritual poetry for our community, and Rumi is a brilliant icon for this genre of poetry. Good poetry is meditation; it nourishes the hearts and minds of people. Indeed, Rumi's poetry is deep, lofty, and highly contemplative. Participants in our meetings read and discuss their favorite poems from Rumi or other spiritual poets in America and around the world. We foster diversity and compassion through inspiring words and perennial wisdom of various cultures and traditions.
Rumi Poetry Club maintains a Website and a Facebook page. We have published two books: Rumi The Art of Loving (2012) and Rumi Essays (2016); both print and ebook editions are available on Amazon.com. We will also soon publish Sand and Sky: Poems from Utah with contribution from poets from our beautiful state, Utah. All of these publication are great gifts -spiritual as well as physical.
Please join us for celebrating our literary, spiritual, and community services by visiting our Facebook Page, supporting our publications, and sharing this information with friends and those who may be interested in the spiritual literature and teachings of Mowlana Rumi.
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