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Situated on Shattuck Avenue, Afrose Fatima Ahmed welcomed passers-by to “ask me for a poem.” People lined up to receive poems Ahmed conjured up on the spot and printed with her Corona typewriter — a task she referred to as her full-time job. She accepted money in a small glass jar originally intended for chia porridge.

“I wrote a poem for someone getting married next week,” Ahmed said. “She was really happy when she received it — she started crying.”

Because of the sheer number of vendors who signed up to participate in this year’s street festival, the event extended to Durant Avenue and Telegraph Avenue for the first time, according to the event’s Facebook page.


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