Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech + Writers Resist at AWP

Weird Sister is happy to be co-sponsoring a Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech on the last day of AWP in Washington DC next week:

“We invite writers assembled in DC for AWP to a Candlelight Vigil for Freedom of Expression. This basic freedom is threatened in new ways and with more intensity than in recent memory. As the nation’s poets and writers, editors and critics, we have a unique and vital obligation to stand watch over free speech and expression. May our candlelight vigil February 11 provide encouragement and focus to our watch in the coming years.”

When: Saturday 2/11; 6:15 – 7:30

Location: Lafayette Park, across from the White House. A 20-minute walk from the convention center. Close to the Farragut North Metro stop on the Red Line.

Speakers: Kazim Ali, Gabrielle Bellot, Melissa Febos, Carolyn Forché, Ross Gay, Luis J. Rodriguez, Eric Sasson.

Learn more on the event’s Facebook page.

Candlelight Vigil for Free Speech AWP Washington DC


Also taking place during AWP is Writers Resist Trump, a group action that will take place on Friday, 2/10 at 1:30pm. From the group’s Facebook page:

“We are writers, poets, novelists, critics, essayists, journalists, playwrights and educators committed to resisting the Trump Agenda. During AWP 2017 we will be making a field trip to Capitol Hill to visit the offices of our Senators and Representatives to make the case against the Trump agenda. You are more than welcome to join this group even if you can’t be at AWP, we’d love your support in any case.”

We hope to see you there! Let us know about other plans for action and resistance during AWP in the comments.


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