Poetry and Pastry featured readings of Near Eastern, Francophone and World Poetry.

With students and members of the Cornell community, the evening included poetry in its original language, to understand the author's intent and hear the rhythm of that language, and pieces in translation.

Readers included: Shawkat M. Toorawa, Lori Khatchadourian, Elliot Dine, Jordana Gilman, Tommy Bruce, Kristen Streahle, Bassel Khoury, Aileen Castillo, Margaret Chou, Boris Michev, Jacob Meisler, Aaron Meller, Erkan Ozdogan, Ebad Ahmed, Hamid Vajihollahi, Ivan Friedman, Jonathan Monroe, Jungmin Kim, Laurent Dubreuil, Devin Grant-Keane, Laurent Ferri, Maya Dib, Jillian Lyon, Chase Meyer, Hamza Mahmood, Dustin Nash, Sierra Palumbos, Adam Bursi, and Natalie Soto.

The event was sponsored by Department of Near Eastern Studies, the French Studies Program, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and the Society for the Humanities.