Stand with PEN America to defend free expression, reject hate crimes and uphold truth in the face of lies and misinformation!

WRITERS RESIST: Louder Together for Free Expression is a literary protest on the steps of the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building at 42nd St. that will bring together hundreds of writers and artists and thousands of New Yorkers on the birthday of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. American poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove will each offer hope and inspiration with “inaugural” poems.

FEATURING: Meena Alexander, Laurie Anderson, Moustafa Bayoumi, Erin Belieu, Amy Brill, Rosanne Cash, Alexander Chee, T Cooper, Michael Cunningham, Eisa Davis, Mónica de la Torre, Alex Dimitrov, Rita Dove, Charlotte Druckman, Melanie Dunea, Storm Ervin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Angela Flournoy, Masha Gessen, Allison Glock, Amy Goodman, Jeff Gordinier, David Haskell, A.M. Homes, Siri Hustvedt, Mary Karr, Michael Klein, Jaime Manrique, Colum McCann, Jill McDonough, Rick Moody, Honor Moore, Kathleen Ossip, Robert Pinsky, Francine Prose, Kevin Prufer, Sofia Quintero, Jason Reynolds, Jess Row, Esmeralda Santiago, Hirsh Sawhney, Bob Shacochis, Brenda Shaughnessey, Deborah Solomon, Andrew Solomon, Art Spiegelman, Terese Svoboda, Craig Teicher, Charlie Vazquez, Jonathan Wells, Meg Wolitzer, Zachary Wood, Jacqueline Woodson, Monica Youn and more to be announced.

Our PARTNERS include: Arts & Democracy, Asian American Arts Alliance, Authors Guild, Bowery Poetry, Bronx Writers Center, Cave Canem, Center for Fiction, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Courage Campaign, Daily Kos, Dennin Arts Management, Dramatists Guild of America, Free Press, New York Writers Coalition, Revolution Books, Theater Communications Group, The Nation, The New School Creative Writing Program, The Other Stories Podcast, Tin House, andWords Without Borders.

Sign the free expression pledge!
After the readings and performances, a group of PEN America leaders and any who wish to join will walk the blocks to Trump Tower together to present PEN America’s free expression pledge on the First Amendment signed by over 110,000 individuals to a member of the President-elect’s team. We are confident the reading at the library and the subsequent march, as two distinct but powerful events to uphold free expression and human rights for all, will be powerful.

We’re 10 days out and we have received great feedback already. We even have 1,000 people already registered on writersresistnyc.eventbrite.com We need your help to keep the momentum going.

We are hoping you’ll be able to help us by:

  • Publicizing the eventon your social media platforms.

Here are the links you will need:

EventbriteEvent pageFacebook page

  • Participate in one of our poster making sessions.
    Join us on Wednesday, January 11 to make handmade posters for the rally. We will provide the material needed, but you are welcome to bring your own art supplies to share for this event, such as: poster board, permanent and colored magic markers, clear tape.

We will have 2 sessions on Wednesday, January 11 to accommodate everyone’s schedule:

12-2 PM

6-8 PM

Please RSVP by email (clarisse@pen.org) for the one you are able to attend.

  • Recruit volunteersto help out on Sunday, January 15.

Please email clarisse@pen.org to confirm you will be able to work from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 15.

Assignments will be sent next week and will include: info tables, collecting signatures for the First Amendment pledge, handing out posters, crowd control, and other similar tasks.

Let us know if you’ll be available to volunteer on the day of the event as well, and  if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Clarisse and Stephanie


Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf

Deputy Director of Public Programs

clarisse@pen.org | t. +1 646.779.4831


588 Broadway Suite 303, New York, NY 10012, USA

pen.org | facebook.com/penamerican | @penamerican

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