AAWW first collaborated with Matwaala in 2017 to successfully launch the first Matwaala Big Read. MBR opens its doors to established, upcoming and youth readers. A number of poets including Vijay Seshadri, Meena Alexander and Saleem Peeradina participated, keenly feeling an urge to respond to the political climate in the USA.
The 2019 Big Read is a memorial reading for Meena Alexander at Hunter College.
A poet-of-honor is chosen at every edition not just for achievements, stature or seniority but awarded to a poet who is invested in promoting and nurturing other poets.
Our vintage Matwaala mug carries lines of poetry by the poet-of-honor and is unveiled and awarded to the poet-of-honor at each festival.