2 pm | SUNDAY, APRIL 23
#writersresist! Join Michaela Carter and Laraine Herring for an afternoon of shared poetry, prose and stories of resistance. Please bring your own favorite short piece of activist literature to read! Michaela and Laraine will kick off the afternoon, followed by an open mic.
#writersresist is part of a nationwide movement to showcase the power of political writing and writing and literature as political acts. We believe that words matter. Come armed with the words that have saved you, held you, and woken you up. You can read the work of others or your own. For more info on the national #writersresist project: http://www.writersresist.org/writers
About Writers Resist
Writers Resist is a national network of writers driven to defend the ideals of a free, just and compassionate democratic society. The movement rapidly coalesced after poet, Erin Belieu, posted on Facebook, "We will not give in to despair. We will come together and actively help make the world we want to live in. We are bowed, but we are not broken." Belieu's call for writers to organize local events on Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2017, has already resulted in more than seventy-five events throughout the US and around the world including a flagship New York City event co-sponsored by PEN America and additional events in Boston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Austin, Portland, Omaha, Seattle, London, Zurich, Hong Kong. Writers will read historic and contemporary writings on the ideals of democracy and free expression. Hundreds of prominent literary voices have volunteered to speak including critically-acclaimed authors Cheryl Strayed, Michael Cunningham, Jacqueline Woodson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jason Reynolds, Alexander Chee, and Mary Karr, along with former U.S. Poets Laureate Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove, and journalists Moustafa Bayoumi and Amy Goodman.
About Michaela Carter and Laraine Herring
Michaela Carter’s poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. Her debut novel, Further Out Than You Thought, published by William Morrow, was an Indie Next, Arizona Republic Recommends, and AZ Central’s pick for 2014. L.A. Magazine called it “a glittery, smoke-encrusted Proustian madeleine.” In 2012, she cofounded the independent bookstore Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona. For more of her work, visit her website.
Laraine Herring holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA in counseling psychology. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in national and local publications. Her fiction has won the Barbara Deming Award for Women and her nonfiction work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently directs the creative writing program at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. She is a member of the Author’s Guild and the American Association of University Professors, as well as the founder and Head Monkey of Fierce Monkey Tribe. Visit Laraine Herring's website »