VOICES FOR RESISTANCE PROGRAM TO FEATURE SIX REGIONAL WRITERS WHO TACKLE ISSUES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
Six regional writers will be featured at the Voices for Resistance May 19 event. Sponsored by the Straw Dog Writers Guild and Forbes Library, the readings will begin at 7 p.m. The event is online and open to the public at no cost.
Featured writers include:
Amina Jordan-Mendez, a poet performer and arts educator. She was the 2019-20 Straw Dog Writers Guild Emerging Writer Fellow.
Charles Coe, author of three books of poetry. He teaches in the MFA programs at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA.
Shanta Lee Gander, whose debut poetry compilation comes out June. It is titled “GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin’ of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues.”
Andrea Hairston, author of several novels and professor of theatre and African studies at Smith College in Northampton.
Andrea Lawlor, who teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College, has published a chapbook and a novel.
Desmond Peeples, the founding editor of Mount Island, a literary magazine for LGBTQ+ and POC voices. They hold an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
To register, go to co-sponsor Forbes Library’s link at: https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/7501886
This is the third year for Voices for Resistance. It is a project of the Straw Dog Social Justice Committee. Committee member Ellen Meeropol says the program “is designed to address issues of injustice, inequality, and resistance through a diverse mix of genres and writing styles.”
This event is co-sponsored by the Straw Dog Writers Guild Social Justice Committee and Forbes Library.