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Rae Paris, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the University of Washington English Department, is from Carson, CA, with roots extending to New Orleans. She will be reading from The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory, which remembers her father’s life and death within an assemblage of past and present racial violence and resistance to terror. Kiese Laymon describes The Forgetting Tree as “necessary reading for anyone serious about loving Black people.”

Shon Meckfessel, an English Instructor at Highline College, has been active in disruptive social movements for nearly twenty-five years, beginning in his native Sacramento, CA. Shon will be reading from Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used to Be, which explores the role of civil disobedience and symbolic protest in U.S. social movements. He has appeared as a social movement scholar and advocate in the New York Times and on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, CNN, NPR, BBC, Radio, and Fox News.

Location: Building 7

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