What we witnessed on January 6 of 2020, when rioters stormed the Capital, was an attempted coup intended to uphold the fascism and white supremacy that has defined the Trump administration. All of this is unprecedented, and many of us are still struggling with how to recover from its trauma, especially considering our nation continues to grapple with the global pandemic and the economic depression it has caused.
Fortunately, we have organizations that are equipped to help communities respond to crisis. NY Writers Coalition is rooted in providing space for writers from historically disenfranchised populations. And last year, following the Movement for Black Lives uprisings, NYWC created writing workshops exclusively for Black writers which then morphed into a more comprehensive Black Writers Program, using it’s capacity to provide space for enhanced development, opportunity, and growth for Black writers, irrespective of identity or experience.