About

Home/About
About 2017-10-18T18:53:00+00:00

Media—about us!

Read our interview with Susan Elliott Brown in Best American Poetry:

Writing as Defiance: A Conversation With the Editors of Writers Resist

About Writers Resist

Writers Resist is a literary collective born of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. We publish creative expressions of resistance by diverse writers and artists from around the globe, and we’re dedicated to challenging all things that diminish our nation’s quest for equality, freedom, justice and a healthy planet for all—while having a bit of fun.

You’ll find our latest issue scrolling on the Home page and all weekly issues available on the Contents page.

Given our fondness for words and images, we often include book cover and film art as illustrations, works that relate to the writings we publish. If you see an unfamiliar book or film, considering buying it. Search for your nearest independent bookstore here.

We publish with the intent that the works will be shared far and wide—in keeping with the Creative Commons guidelines for proper attribution of the author and Writers Resist, non-commercial use, and no derivatives. So share with abandon—but please do acknowledge the author and Writers Resist.

If you write or create visual art, take a gander at our Submissions page. The Action page links you to progressive action organizations and reliable sources of information. Please support our writers and artists with a $10 contribution (out of the goodness of your heart, given that donations are not tax deductible)—just mosey over to our Give a sawbuck page. Have a suggestion, a favorite video, a link to something fabulous? Share it via the Contact page. We’ll publish it if it’s not likely to get us into trouble. Our featured videos (at the bottom of the Home page) and recommended actions and information (on our Facebook page) offer plenty of fodder for creative resistance. Poke around and let us know what you think. If you like what you see, subscribe to Writers Resist—it’s free!—and follow us on Twitter @WritersResist.

Last and not at all least: Help spread the word to writers, artists and readers: Download a Writers Resist flyer here. Carry it with you, hand it out at readings, drop it in cafés, because spreading the word about resistance is a spiffy little act of resistance.

Meet our editors

Kit-Bacon Gressitt
Kit-Bacon GressittProse editor
Spawned by a Southern Baptist creationist and a liberal social worker, K-B inherited the requisite sense of humor to survive family dinner-table debates and the imagination to avoid them. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, and has taught Women’s Studies in the Cal State University system. Her narrative nonfiction, commentary, political fiction, reviews and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in Publishers Weekly, Thoughtcrime Press’ Not My President: The Anthology of DissentDucts magazine, The Missing SlateTrivia: Feminist VoicesMs. Magazine blogSan Diego Poetry AnnualThe North County TimesSan Diego Uptown News, Gay San DiegoChiron Review (the ancient one, before the internet)American University’s iVory Towerz, and others; she was the grateful recipient of two Poets & Writers grants in 2016-17; and she was one of 12 national finalists for the 2016 Kentucky Writers Fellowship. K-B is a founding editor of Writers Resist.
Sara Marchant
Sara MarchantProse editor
Sara Marchant received her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. Her work has been published by The Manifest Station, Every Writer’s Resource, Full Grown People, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Coachella Review, Writers Resist, East Jasmine Review, and ROAR. Sara’s nonfiction is forthcoming in the women of color anthology All the Women in My Family Sing, and her novella Let Me Go will be anthologized by Running Wild Press.

Long ago and far away, she worked at The San Diego Natural History Museum in their BiNational Education Department utilizing her BA in Latin American History. In her spare time she teaches Critical Thinking and Writing at Mt. San Jacinto College to the new generation that she hopes will someday save our society from its nihilistic impulses. She lives in the high desert of Southern California with her husband, two dogs, a goat, and five chickens. Sara is a founding editor of Writers Resist.

Ruth Nolan
Ruth NolanPoetry editor
Ruth is a professor of English and Creative Writing at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, and an author, lecturer and editor. She worked with the international, United Nations-sponsored literary program “Dialogue Through Poetry / Rattapallax Press,” from 2001 through 2004, and is now involved with many desert environment organizations as a writer and advocate for environmental justice. She’s the author of the poetry book Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Press 2016). Her short story, “Palimpsest,” published in LA Fiction: Southland Writing by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press 2016), received an Honorable Mention in Sequestrum Magazine’s 2016 Editor’s Reprint contest and was also nominated for a 2016 PEN Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Ruth’s writing has also been published in James Franco Review; Angels Flight LA/Literary West; Rattling Wall; KCET/Artbound Los Angeles; Lumen; Desert Oracle; Women’s Studies Quarterly; News from Native California; Sierra Club Desert Report, Lumen; The Desert Sun/USA Today and Inlandia Literary Journeys.
Laura Orem
Laura OremPoetry editor
Laura Orem is a poet, essayist and visual artist. She’s the author of Resurrection Biology (Finishing Line Press 2017) and the chapbook Castrata: a Conversation (Finishing Line Press 2014). Laura received an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and taught writing for many years at Goucher College in Baltimore.

A featured writer at the Best American Poetry blog, Laura’s poetry, essays and art have appeared in many journals, including Nimrod, Zocalo Public Square, DMQ, Everlasting Verses, Blueline, Atticus Review, Barefoot Review, OCHO, and Mipoesias. She lives on a small farm in Red Lion, Pennsylvania with her husband, three dogs, and so many cats she’s afraid to say.


Photo credits, from the Library of Congress: 1913 Suffragettes, Yonkers; 1962 Ban the Bomb protest, NYC; 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery, AL; 1967 Anti-Vietnam War protest, D.C.; and 1976 Protesting anti-choice candidate, NYC. Via a Creative Commons license: 1997 Million Woman March Philadelphia; 2006 Anti-WTO rally, Pip Wilson; 2011 Occupy Wall Street supporter, Kat Vitulano; 2014 Black Lives Matter, Gerry Lauzon; 2016 Anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protest, Jolynne Martinez; and 2016 Anti-Trump protest, NYC, Kelly Kline.