Organizers: Javier Zamora, Jan-Henry Gray, Anni Liu, Christopher Soto
We have decided to launch "Writers for Migrant Justice" in order to support the groundwork being done by Immigrant Families Together . Online, we want to raise $5K by Wednesday, September 4th in order to support detained / formerly detained migrants.
** We are also hosting protest readings at 40+ cities (listed below) on September 4th. These readings are being lead by our friends in the literary world. We are no longer able to accept any more cities to organize with us, unfortunately. Our small team is at management capacity. Thank you all so much for your support. If your city is not listed below, then the best way to be of help is to donate online and share with your friends.
Immigrant Families Together (IFT) was founded in June 2018 in response to the inhumane immigration policy separating families at the U.S./Mexico border. They pay bonds for parents in detention and work to reunite them with their children. Additionally, they support over 100 reunited families as they recover from their detention trauma and adjust to life in the U.S. while their asylum cases are adjudicated. All of the IFT volunteers are working pro-bono. Thus, ALL of your funds will go directly to rapid response needs. This New York Times article "How Regular Americans Can Help Reunite Migrant Families " says more about the impact of IFT and why we love them.
HOW DONATIONS WILL BE USED
- Pay bonds to release detained migrants. - Legal and relocation costs for related detained migrants. - Acute needs such as medical, food and transportation costs, clothing, blankets, car seats and diapers for families who have been released, and temporary housing stipends for refugees who have just been released from detention and have no family in the U.S. - Supporting our partners on the border with their critical needs. - Operating costs to cover emerging needs and infrastructure.
NATIONAL EVENTS ** Some events may be scheduled a day before the Sep 4th national protest. Make sure to check the event link for final details in your city.
New York, NY : Hosted by The Poetry Project and Latinx in Publishing Location: The Poetry Project (131 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003) at 6:30pm Readers: Terrance Hayes, Marwa Helal, Alexis Aceves Garcia, Daniel Alarcon, Desiree Bailey, Wo Chan, Ariel Francisco, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Jan-Henry Gray, Ellen Hagan, Zakia Henderson-Brown, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Rindon Johnson, Vivian Lee, Joseph Legaspi, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Yesenia Montilla, José Olivarez, RA Villanueva, Javier Zamora, and others TBA. Event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-writers-for-migrant-justice-tickets-69355775993
Chicago, IL: Hosted by Nabil Vega and Xandria Phillips Nightingale Cinema (1084 N. Milwaukee Ave. , Chicago, IL) at 7pm Readers: Tara Betts, mai c. doan, Lindsay Eanet, Tarfia Faizullah, T Clutch Fleischmann, Aricka Foreman, Jennifer Karmin, Maya Marshall, h. melt, Natasha Mijares, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Faisal Mohyuddin, Nami Mun, Daniela Olszewska, Jacob Saenz, Daniel Suárez, Valerie Wallace, Naomi Washer, Yarrow Yes Woods Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2115408355418779/
Raleigh, NC: Hosted by Eduardo C. Corral Event location: So and So Books, 704 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27604 Start time: 6pm. Readers: Eduardo C. Corral, Tyree Daye, Sophie Klahr, Chris Tonelli, Ina Cariño. Event link: coming soon.
Los Angeles, CA: Hosted by Vanessa Angélica Villareal Location: Beyond Baroque (681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291) at 8pm Readers: Christopher Soto, Yosimar Reyes, Sara Borjas, Kenji Liu, Janel Pineda, Bridgette Bianca, Brian Kim Stefans, Randa Jarrar, Sesshu Foster, and more Event link: https://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html
Tallahassee, FL: Hosted by Alexa Doran (co-hosts Laura Louise Minor and Mat Wenzel) The Bark, 507 All Saints Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303 At 7pm Readers: Morgan Flake, Dustin Pearson, Barbara Hamby, DM Aderibigbe, Mat Wenzel, Tanya Grae, Michael Rothenberg, Ruth Ann, Terri Carrion, Laura Louise Minor, Alexa Doran https://www.facebook.com/events/1843813505763613/
Denver, CO: Hosted by Natalie Earnhart, Dylan Rose Event location (venue name and address): Dateline Gallery: 3004 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205. Start time 6-11pm on 9/3 Readers: Christoper David Rosales, Tameca Coleman Event link: Coming soon
Phoenix, AZ: Hosted by Puente Human Rights Movement, Trans Queer Pueblo, Poder in Action, Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, and the Revolution (Relaunch) Where/When: Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 West Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85009; 7-9pm Readers: Anna Flores, Aria Curtis, Claudia Belen, Eduardo Pym, Joel Salcido, Juan Morales, Maritza N Estrada, Michelle Salcido, Miriam Carpenter-Cosand, Raji Ganesan, Shella Jacobs, Susan Nguyen, Yari Flores, & more! Event link: writersformigrantjustice.eventbrite.com Event link 2: https://www.facebook.com/events/832601653807919/
South Bend, IN: Francisco Aragón, Johannes Göransson, Jahan Khajavi Event location: Notre Dame Center for Art and Culture, 1045 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601 Start time: 7:30 PM EST Readers: Pam Blair, Krista Cox, David Dodd Lee,Therese Konopelski, Rebecca Lehmann, Sade Lanay, Joyelle McSweeney, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Brandon Menke, Austin Veldman, Nick Wort, and more TBA Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/371269780224414/
Oklahoma City, OK: Hosted by Janine Joseph and Iliana Rocha Event location and start time: Commonplace Books, 1325 N Walker Ave, OKC. 7 pm Readers: Hiba Cheema, Carolyn Dunn, Ken Hada, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Jordan Mazariegos, and RC Davis-Undiano & more Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2406962146224354/
San Diego, CA: Hosted by Jenny Minniti- Shippey (Poetry International & Calypso Editions) Verbatim Books, 3793 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104. 7:00 pm. Readers include: Sandra Alcosser, Kazim Ali, Karla Cordero, Adam Deutsch, Sandra & Ben Doller, Julia Dixon Evans, Amanda Fuller, Breeann Kirby, Francesco Levato, Paul Lopez, Bill Nericcio, Tamaria del Rio, Chad Sweeney, Marco Wilkinson, Felicia Williams, and many more! Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960729587360739/
Boston, MA: Hosted by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, Oliver de la Paz, Alana Folsom, Anna Ross Location: Arlington Street Church (351 Boylston St) at 6pm Readers: Danielle Legros Georges, Natalie Shapero, Martin Espada, Nicole Terez Dutton, Jennifer Jean, U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, Pablo Medina. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/391855191468635/?active_tab=about
San Francisco, CA: Hosted by Heather June Gibbons Green Apple Books on the Park, 7:30 PM 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 Readers: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Maw Shein Win, Chris Feliciano Arnold Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/450556998874550
Springdale, AR: Hosted by Open Mouth Reading Series Event location and start time: TASC – The Station, 610 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, 7-10 p.m. Readers: Geffrey Davis, Kendra Pasquel, Noelia Cerna, Matthew Henriksen, Vicente Yépez, Hiba Tahir, and Julia Paganelli Marín, plus an open mic. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/356231875284769/
McAllen, Texas: Hosted by César L. De León / Poets Against Walls Luna Coffee House. 113 W. Nolana Ave. McAllen, Tx 78504 630 - 830pm Readers: Emmy Pérez, Priscilla Celina Suárez, Edward Vidaurre, Rodney Gomez, Erika Garza-Johnson, José A. Rodríguez, Isaac Chavarria, Mónica Alvarez Suárez, Carolina Monsivaís, Celina Gomez, César L. De León, Music by Esther Martinez Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/880350309004274/ Ann Arbor, Michigan: Hosted by Sumita Chakraborty, Hannah Ensor, and Tariq Luthun Location: The Diag, The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109. Event starts at 7:00pm. Readers: Sumita Chakraborty, Tariq Luthun, Hannah Ensor, Gina Maria Balibrera, John F. Buckley, Suzi F. Garcia, Aldo Pando Girard, Fernanda Gonzalez, Linda Gregerson, Inam Kang, Van Jordan, Isabel Neal, Natasha T. Miller, Molly Raynor, Brittany Rogers, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, and Cozine A. Welch Jr. Event link: http://www.tariqpoetry.com/w4mj
Lincoln, NE: Hosted by Ángel García and Katie Marya Time: 7-9pm Location: The Bay (2005 Y Street, 68503) Readers: Katie Schmid, Karla Hernandez Torrijos, Teo Mungaray, Jamaica Baldwin, David Winter, Tine Le, Saddiq Dzukogi, Sarwa Azeez, César García Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/885197635185974/
Houston, TX: Hosted by Houston Writers Coalition Holocaust Museum Houston, 6:30 – 8:30 PM 5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004 Readers: Miah Arnold, Zachary Caballero, Chris Cander, Robert Clark, Jane Creighton, Robin Davidson, Taylor Davis Van Atta, Ana Emilia Felker, Christopher Flakus, Cameron Dezen Hammon, Katie Hoerth, Valentina Jager, Gabrielle Langley, Rich Levy, Marlon Lizama, J. Estanislao Lopez, Phuc Luu, Jasminne Méndez, Lupe Méndez, Anna Meriano, Lisa Morano,Farnoosh Moshiri, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Amanda Ortiz, Rebecca Danelly Oxley, Dave Parsons, Mauricio Patrón, Daniel Peña, Kevin Prufer, Reyes Ramirez, Robin Reagler, Bruno Rios, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Claudia Smith, Analicia Sotelo, Ron Starbuck, Melissa Studdard, Roberto Tejada, Jessica Willbanks, Kate Williams Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/449953642265229/?active_tab=about
Fresno, CA: Hosted by Fresno Women Read, Women Writers of Color—Central Valley, and Fecund Stitch Event location and start time: The Back Room at the Revue Coffee Shop, 630 E Olive Ave, 6pm Readers: Juan Felipe Herrera, Marisol Baca, Venita Blackburn, David Campos, Carribean Fragoza, Juan Luiz Guzman, Lee Herrick, Aideed Medina, and Brynn Saito Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1203291793175870/
Wilmington, NC. Hosted by Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Melissa Crowe, and Melody Moezzi Location: Bourgie Nights (127 Princess St., Wilmington, NC) @ 7:00 Readers: Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Sayantani Dasgupta, Melody Moezzi, Jooweon Park, Dana Sachs, Eric Vithalani Event link: coming soon.
Providence, Rhode Island: Hosted by publicly complex (Kate Schapira, Chris Lee, and Stine An) Event location (venue name and address) and start time: AS220 Black Box Theater, 95 Empire St. Providence, RI // Doors at 6pm, Start at 6:15pm Readers: Mary-Kim Arnold, Tina Cane, Vatic Kuumba, Sebastián Castro Niculescu, Ada Smailbegovic, Sonia ~Ascawawa, and Chrysanthemum Tran Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/915982938761304/
Buffalo, New York: Hosted by Peach Mag, Coffin Bell Journal, Ghost City Press, and WNY Book Arts Center Event location: WNY Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.), 7pm Readers: open mic Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/442830829680193/
San Rafael, CA: Hosted by Judy Halebsky & Low Res MFA in Creative Writing at Dominican University of CA Event location (venue name and address) and start time: 7pm at the Garden Room in Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Ave. San Rafael CA Readers: Jane Hirshfield, Raina J. León, and speakers from Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders With Youth Refugees From Central America. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2356236364650920/
Salt Lake City, UT: Hosted by Paula Mendoza, JP Grasser, & Matty Layne Glasgow Urban Arts Gallery 116 S Rio Grande St Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | Sept. 5 7p-9p Readers: Paisley Rekdal, Michael Mejia, Willy Palomo, Samyak Shertok, Gloria Arredondo, Chelsea Guevara, Annie Fukushima, Sandra Osborne, Ciriac Alvarez Valle, Melissa Salguero, & RJ Walker Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2464432503837708/
Tucson, AZ: Hosted Raquel Gutiérrez and Susan Briante Location: Exo Roast Co (403 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705) at 7pm on Sep 4 Readers: Farid Matuk, Laura Espósto, Teré Fowler-Chapman, TC Tolbert, Bianca Linares, and more! Event link: https://exocoffee.com/events2?view=calendar&month=09-2019
Cleveland, OH: Hosted by Kevin Latimer and Barnhouse Collective Event location: Bookhouse Brewing at 7pm (1526 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113) Readers: Sony Q. Ton-Aime, Ra Washington, Alex DiFrancesco, JDavid Ockunzzi, & Naazneen Diwan Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2129436547361123/
Asheville, NC: Hosted by Stephen Energia and BeLoved Asheville Venue: BeLoved Asheville Liberation Station 10 N. Market St., Asheville, NC 28801 Starting at 6pm Readers: Juan Sánchez Martinez and poets from Warren Wilson College, BeLoved Proud to be Brown Youth, and HomeWord Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/434649987151895
Greensboro, NC: Hosted by Emilia Phillips Event location (venue name and address) and start time: Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St. at 7pm Readers: Readings by Diya Abdo, Hayden Carrón, Oswaldo Estrada, Alexis Orgera, Ibrahim Sayed, as well as members of UNC Greensboro’s MFA Writing Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Music by Quilla. Event link: https://www.scuppernongbooks.com/event/writers-migrant-justice
Seattle, WA **Event was early, on Aug 13. Please donate online, if this is your city :) Location: Hugo House (1634 11th Ave) Readers: Claudia Castro Luna, Natalie Scenters Zapico, Raul Sanchez, Natalie Ann Martínez, Sarah A. Chavez, and Catalina M. Cantu Event link: https://fo-fo.facebook.com/events/466514540835452/ This link is to an interview about the reading that happened in Seattle.
Baltimore, Maryland: Hosted by Aditya Desai Event location: Press Press (427 N Eutaw St) Start time: 7 PM Readers: Malka Older, Mejdulene B. Shomali, Erika Franz, Nancy Nguyen, & Shabnam Samuel Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/526955298047927/
San Antonio, TX: Hosted by Faylita Hicks and Rooster Martinez Barrio Barista (3735 Culebra Rd) at 7pm-9pm Readers: Write Art Out and Arrondi Creative Productions is working in collaboration with Mano Amiga, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review to announce readers of this event shortly. Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2342389342547684/
Chapel Hill, NC: Hosted by Gabrielle Calvocoressi Event location : The Love House: The Center for The Study of the American South UNC Chapel Hill 410 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Doors: 6:00 PM Reading: 6:30 PM EST Readers: Alan Shapiro, Coco Wilder, Meta DuEwa Jones, Fred Joiner, Jessica Q. Stark, Hannah VanderHart, Ross White, and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Crystal Simone Smith, Jonathan Farmer, Ashley Mcllwain Nissler. And pupusas sold by the amazing Rosa del Carmen Ortez! Event link: coming soon
Jacksonville, FL: Hosted by Carmen Calatayud Event Location: Yellow House (577 King St, Jacksonville FL 32204) Doors Open: 6:30 PM Event time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Readers: Andres Rojas and Basma Alawee, followed by an Open Mic Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2457583574307662/
Memphis, TN: Hosted by Christine Guaragno Location: Java Cabana, 2170 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 Start Time: 7pm Readers: Alice Bolin, Daphne Maysonet, Anthony Larry, Kim Vodika, Peter Hogan, and more Event link: https://bit.ly/31YXK0d
Austin, TX: Hosted by Jesús I. Valles Location: The Museum of Human Achievement at 7pm Readers: Readers: mónica teresa ortiz, Raul Garza, Kyle Akerman, Karma R. Chávez, Florinda Bryant, Amanda Johnston, Jack McGavick, Christine Hoang, Travis Tate, Siri Gurdev Event link: coming
New Orleans, LA: Hosted by p.e. moskowitz Details TBA