After the Election: Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy in America
In the wake of this momentous election, we welcome you to join contributors to the anthology Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (Trinity University Press) for an evening of reading and conversation. We may not know what the results of the election will be, but we do know that art and activism are essential to a healthy democracy. We’ll hear from Washington State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, on challenging the Trump administration’s illegal policies; poet and essayist Cherene Sherrard on the concept of sanctuary, in this moment of reckoning with the nation’s continued racism; and author Alison Hawthorn Deming on the “great spirit of inventiveness” we all can wield. Co-editors and hosts Simmons Buntin, Elizabeth Dodd, and Derek Sheffield will reflect on the Letters to America project from Terrain.org and invite solidarity through conversation with the online audience. Dear America is a timely congress of the personal and the political, a clarion call to find common ground and conflict resolution, all with a particular focus on the environment, social justice, and climate change featuring personal essays, narrative journalism, poetry, and visual art from more than 130 contributors.
Co-presented by The Elliott Bay Book Company and Terrain.org.