Writers Resist

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On January 15, 2017 writers gathered in cities across the United States, and the world, to share readings with the goal of "re-inaugurating" Democracy. PEN Center USA sponsored the Los Angeles Writer's Resist event with Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice. The above video from the event features readings by these incredible authors:

William Archila
Ishmael Beah
Aimee Bender
Ron Carlson
Victoria Chang
Geoff Dyer
Blas Falconer
Amy Gerstler
Dana Goodyear
Naomi Hirahara
Doug Kearney
Meme Kelly
Amy Wilentz
Vandana Khanna
Michelle Latiolais
Douglas Manuel
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Alicia Partnoy
Mona Simpson
Christine Schutt
Safiya Sinclair
Lynne Thompson
David Ulin
Vanessa Villarreal

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“I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.”
― Margaret Atwood


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