From the ashes of President Twitler’s unspeakable ascent, a rebel force of wordsmiths stand poised to resist his reign at every turn.
Is the pen mighty at all anymore? Time will tell.
On January 15th we’ll see the first local incarnation of #WRITERSRESIST with an event titled “NFK Speaks” at the 80/20 Burger Bar in Ghent. Featuring Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles, the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Poetry Prize — Luisa Igloria, noted local emcee and spoken word artist Godchild the Omen, alongside musical guests: Seed Is, Skye Zentz, Derek Smith, and a host of other local writers and musicians.
#WRITERSRESIST is a movement picking up steam across the nation in defiance of November 8th’s election results. Readings are being held in cities all over the country on the same day to both provide support to activists on the ground as well as send a message to those who now hold the reins of power: We will not go quietly into that good night.
We spoke with local poet and ODU MFA student, Sarah McCall, a primary organizer behind “NFK Speaks,” about the goals and aspirations behind the event.
“Immediately following the election, I felt… A real sense of despair. Along with so many other people who were invested in the election. I ended up speaking with another friend a few days after, asking her — ‘Well, what do we do?” And she said, ‘You need to organize.’ That wasn’t anything I’ve ever considered taking up before. And so I did. I reached out to some other friends and we started a conversation. It’s about channeling this anger and turning it into something positive that keeps us from getting mired in inactivity.”
“Right after these initial meetings occurred, the national #WRITERSRESIST movement started picking up steam. I saw a post by Paisley Rekdal, a poet out in Utah who I admire, talking about what they were getting up to. And in talking with the group we had already formed it just made sense to join our efforts with this national movement.”
“The idea is to kick off this whole movement on Martin Luther King’s birthday. We have readings in 60 plus cities all happening this Sunday.”
Anwei Kilgore, a core member of Norfolk’s eclectic 20 plus year long musical endeavor ‘Seed Is’ — who will be performing at the event — chimed in: “As members of the community, we as a band want to use the one gift that we know connects all races, all creeds, all people. Music is healing. And we have a responsibility to work together to make the movement stronger.”
In addition to the performances, the event will be making space available for concerned citizens and activists to connect with local nonprofit groups and service organizations to begin collaborative work against injustice and inequality.
AltDaily is proud to work with these organizers in conjunction with the Muse Writers Center to support active engagement of community members with sustained, open dialogue.
We hope to see you there.