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December 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

The Georgia Senate Runoff: Jericho Brown, Anjali Enjeti, Tayari Jones, and Laurel Snyder Moderated by Carolyn Forché


December 12, 2020
2:00 pm

Writers Against Trump: The Georgia Senate Runoff

with Jericho Brown, Anjali Enjeti, Tayari Jones, and Laurel Snyder

Moderated by Carolyn Forché

co-sponsored by Avid Bookshop and Books & Books

LIVE via Crowdcast



Writers Against Trump fully supports the Democratic campaigns for US Senate in the state of Georgia. Should these two Democratic candidates, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, win their run-off elections on January 5th, the US Senate would have a Democratic majority, making progressive and Democratic governance possible.

Mark your calendars for a virtual panel with Georgia writers and activists.


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About the Moderator:

Carolyn Forché is a poet, memoirist and activist. She is the author of five books of poetry, most recently In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press, 2020), and What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press, 2019), a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction, The James Tait Black Prize (UK), and the Dayton Peace Literary Peace Prize, and winner of Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. Her international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.” In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. She is one of the first poets to receive the Windham Campbell Prize from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, and is a University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


About the Panelists:

Jericho Brown is author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.


Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for young readers.  Recent titles include Orphan Island, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, Charlie and Mouse, which won the Geisel medal in 2018, and The Longest Night, which won the Sydney Taylor Award in 2014.  Her essays, reviews, and poems can be found in the New York Times, The Horn Book, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere, and she is a former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. Laurel is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she currently teaches in the MFA program at Hamline University. A Baltimore native, she lives with her family in Atlanta.


Tayari Jones, is the author of four novels, most recently An American Marriage. An Oprah’s Book Club Selection, the novel was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award. Jones, a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award,  United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University.


Anjali Enjeti is a former attorney, award-winning journalist, and Fulton County poll worker. In 2017, she worked to get out the vote in the AAPI community for Jon Ossoff’s 2017 congressional campaign. In 2018, she was a member of the AAPI Leadership Council for Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. Last year, she co-founded the Georgia chapter of They See Blue, an organization for South Asian Democrats, and most recently served on the Georgia Biden-Harris AAPI Leadership Council, which saw historic turnout among Georgia’s AAPI voters in the presidential election.


She has written about politics, social justice, and culture for numerous publications, including ZORA magazine, Mic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Guernica, Literary Hub, The Nation, Al Jazeera, and elsewhere. Her debut nonfiction book, Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change, will be released by UGA Press in April, and her debut novel, The Parted Earth, will be released by Hub City Press in May. She teaches creative nonfiction in the low residency MFA program at Reinhardt University and lives with her family outside of Atlanta.