We open the 2019 Asian American Literature Festival with the Poets’ Peace Breakfast in Franklin Square Park, long the site of encampments for Washington, DC-area houseless folks, to welcome festival attendees and DC residents—those with and without houses—alike. We proudly work with local DC community organizations to honor this place where we are guests, and those people who call it home. The festival imagines the literary as a space of exchange, literature as a bulwark against uncaring, and so opens with food and poems as invocations of peace, which is not the absence or opposite of war, but the unending work of understanding one another’s well-being as our own. What follows is a folio of invocation poems to be read aloud at the Breakfast.