No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump

“I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no shadow unless there is also light.” 
—Margaret Atwood

As with the rest of the Bay Area, Litquake has been festering over the unexpected election of Donald Trump. Do we publish a manifesto? Or curl up in the fetal position? Yes, times are dark indeed, but it’s incumbent on the creative class to stand tall and contribute. And so we present some diverse and electric voices who speak to our nation’s fear, anger, and perhaps even optimism. In the words of Toni Morrison, "This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”

Hosted by feminist Iranian-American comic Zahra Noorbakhsh. Come and join the chorus!   

Words from: 
Elmaz Abinader — Arab-American author, poet, and Mills College professor (Children of the Roojme: A Family's Journey from Lebanon

Faith Adiele — author and editor (The Nigerian-Nordic Girls Guide to Lady Problems; Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology)

Robert Mailer Anderson — novelist and playwright (The Death of Teddy Ballgame, Boonville)  

devorah major — San Francisco's third Poet Laureate (and then we became

Sarah Ladipo Manyika — novelist and editor (In DependenceThe Weaverbird Collection: New Fiction from Nigeria 2008)

Alejandro Murguía — San Francisco's current Poet Laureate (Stray Poems: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 6This War Called Love

Ishmael Reed — author, editor, journalist, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate (The Complete Muhammad Ali; Black Hollywood Unchained

Tennessee Reed — poet and activist (City Beautiful: Poems 1998-2006)

T.J. Stiles — author and twice recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America; The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt)