“Our democracy is at risk. Growing public cynicism and an alarming disdain for truthfulness is eroding our most dearly held democratic ideals. As writers we have tremendous power to bypass empty political discourse and focus public attention on the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate society.” – Writers Resist, #WriteOurDemocracy
Sunday, I was part of the powerful Writers Resist #WriteOurDemocracy Movement. I had the privilege of reading at Writers Resist, Split the Rock’s Sunday Kind of Love Reading at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, featuring two amazing poets Annie Kim and Samantha Thornhill. I read an abridged version of “Waiting on the American Dream,” originally published in Sand Hill Review. The piece was inspired by Virginia’s former Governor’s efforts to stand in the way of The American Dream Act. I have been so proud of our current Governor Terry McAuliffe’s efforts to provide children raised in the United States with in-state tuition. I will continue to write and share stories that explore the emotional truths and shared humanity of of the diverse members of our American community. This effort is crucial to fighting against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and bigotry of all kinds, especially in the face of an incoming Federal Executive Branch that seems determined to use its power to incite hatred and abandon reason.
Don’t worry if you missed the event. You can read the text of my unabridged story using the hyperlinked title.