About the Twin Cities Event


#WRITERSRESIST is pleased to be collaborating with PEN America, an organization that champions freedom of expression, and the power of language to transform the world. On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Writers Resist events, large and small, will be held in dozens of locations throughout the US and the world.

In the Twin Cities, local writer activists are attempting to bring writers, curators, and venues together in order to organize a series of events called Writers Resist: Voices United, benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, an organization committed to protecting the

freedoms of all MN citizens. For more information about ACLU – MN, please visit https://www.aclu-mn.org


Call for Submissions - Deadline December 17th, 2016

We are asking local writers, curators, organizations to join forces on January 15, 2017, to raise and unite our voices,

while raising funds for ACLU. 


How can you get involved?


Writers and Poets – Participate in readings throughout

the Twin Cities.

Curators  – Organize an event (see event guidelines

below). If you’re interested in organizing an event, please

let us know by Saturday, December 17th , so we can add

your event to our website.


Community – Help promote #WRITERSRESIST and

#WRITERSRESIST:VOICESUNITED events. And of course, attend events

Venues – We're looking for host venues. If you're unable to dedicate an evening of programming to #WRITERSRESIST, you can still co-sponsor the event by donating a portion of your performance

proceeds, or collecting donations to benefit ACLU.


Event Guidelines 

To ensure our most widespread and effective impact, this

inaugural theme should be reflected in the setting and tone of the

events, with writers reading their own works as appropriate, but

particularly highlighting relevant readings from the Constitution,

along with a selection of diverse writers’ voices throughout history

that speak to the ideals of Democracy.


Writers Resist is not affiliated with a political party. We wish to

bypass direct political discourse in favor of an inspired focus on

the future, and how we, as writers, can be a unifying force for the

protection of Democracy. In order for us to heal and move forward,

individually and as a nation, we believe people need something to

be for in this anxious moment. The only thing we “resist” is that

which attacks or seeks to undermine those most basic principles

of freedom and justice for all.


We urge local organizers and speakers to avoid using the names

of politicians or adopting “anti” language as the focus for their

Writers Resist event. It’s important to ensure that nonprofit

organizations, who are prohibited from political campaigning, will

feel confident participating in and sponsoring these events.

We believe these events will coalesce and energize a widespread

network of writer-activists throughout the United States and in

other countries capable of becoming a consistently potent voice

and force for social good around the world.