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America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience
Join the contributors & selectors in a launch of the landmark new anthology from Sixteen Rivers Press: America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience.
Readers will include:
Soon after the 2016 presidential election, Sixteen Rivers Press, a shared-work collective of Northern California poets, conducted a nationally advertised call for submissions, seeking unpublished poems that would "respond to the cultural, moral, and political rifts that now divide our country: poems of resistance and resilience, witness and vision, that embody what it means to be a citizen in a time when our democracy is threatened." In a matter of weeks, the press received over two thousand poems. The work came from across the country, from red states and blue states, high schools and nursing homes, big cities and small towns. At the same time, the poet-members of the press were asked to nominate poems. These poems could be old or new, published or not, the poets living or dead—anything from anywhere that spoke to this moment in the voice of poetry. In this way, we gathered another three hundred poems, ranging from Virgil and Dante to Claudia Rankine and Mai Der Vang, from Milton to Merwin, from Bai Juyi to last Thursday's just-posted Poem-a-Day.
This anthology is a blend of poems from these two sources, each of its nine sections a kind of town-hall meeting where citizen-poets gather to raise their voices, now raucous, now muted, now lyric, now plain: voices responding with dissent and consoling with praise, perspective, vision, and hope.
Sixteen Rivers Press was founded in 1999 by seven San Francisco Bay Area writers whose goal was to create a sustainable, shared-work publishing collective run by and for Bay Area poets, many who live here in Oakland.
Copies of the book will be available for sale.