by Mary E. Latela – [Writing Is My Superpower… What’s Yours?]
This Sunday, January 15, on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., writers will gather across the country in a public expression of resistance against the inauguration of Donald Trump. From Seattle to Decatur, Omaha to New York, America’s poets, novelists, journalists, and storytellers will raise their voices against the rising clamor of intolerance, greed, and cruelty that threatens to define this nation’s next four years (and beyond). The main event in New York City will feature former poets laureate Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove leading an impressive cohort of writers and artists—Laurie Anderson, Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen, Roseann Cash, Jeff Eugenides, Amy Goodman, Jacqueline Woodson, and many more—in a united show of resistance to the incoming administration. In anticipation of that day, and beyond, Writers Resist has invited contributions from across the country, asking writers what resistance means to them. Today and tomorrow (as we did yesterday), Lit Hub will publish a selection of those contributions.” (LitHub 1/12/2017)
Celeste Hoffman talks plainly. “Now, we and the millions of women like us who have been raped, assaulted, and harassed are facing a future where he is our president, armed with an administration that hates us. Our country has betrayed women. It has betrayed minorities, the LGBTQ community, Muslims, Jews, and immigrants. And it continues to do so as white men from both sides of the aisle insist that the only way to save our party is to return to ignoring us and getting back to the issues that are Real And Important because they are the issues that affect them. This is an acceptable and applauded stance to take, and it is an embarrassment.” (excerpt from LitHub 1.12.17)
Finally, I really want to know – where are the women who accused the man of sexual assault? Don’t tell me they have been silenced! Are they too afraid to speak out?… Well, there are women everywhere who need to hear an ending to their story which is wholesome and in which dignity trumps assault and character assassination.
Literary Hub Daily: January 12, 2017