Writers Speak Out for Hope

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Thirteen local writers will participate in a “Writers Resist” event on Sunday, Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The “Northfield Writers Resist: Hope is Greater Than Fear” event is scheduled from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St.

Participating writers are Northfield Poet Laureate Rob Hardy, Beth Breiland, Bella Callery, Florence Dacey, Adriana Estill, Doug Green, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Rich Larson, Harmony Neal, Orick Peterson, Joy Riggs, Kaethe Schwehn, and Vicki Scott. The readings will address issues of social justice, freedom of expression, and the preservation of democratic ideals. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee and cookie reception will follow.

The local event is coordinated by Riggs and Hardy and is one of more than 80 Writers Resist events taking place across the country and in Europe. Riggs said after she read an article about the Writers Resist events and learned that cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis were participating, she thought, “We should have one in Northfield.”

Riggs said she contacted Hardy, and the two of them worked together to organize the event within a few days.

“Planning the event has reminded me of why I love living in Northfield,” Riggs said. “We have a wealth of talent right here, and people are more than willing to collaborate and make things happen. You just have to ask.”

Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. It seeks to bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on the future, and how writers can be a unifying force for the protection of democracy. The only thing it "resists" is that which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles of freedom and justice for all.

More information about the national organization is available at http://www.writersresist.org/


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