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Celebrating Voices for Resistance

June 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Voices for Resistance graphicJoin Straw Dog Writers Guild and Forbes Library in Celebrating Voices for Resistance on Wednesday, June 15, 7:00-8:30pm.  On Zoom. Register HERE.

Voices for Resistance panel:
Readers: Daisy Hernández, Thérèse Chehade, Dahlma Llanos Figueroa, Steve Edwards, Neema Avashia
Emcee: Andrea Hairston
Honorary Host: Kim Gerould





Neema Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the United States from India in the late 1960s. She has been a middle school teacher in the Boston Public Schools since 2003. Her first book, Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place, was published by WVU Press in March 2022. www.neemaavashia.com

Thérèse Soukar Chehade is a Massachusetts-based teacher of English Language Learners. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and came to this country in 1983. She holds an M.F.A. from UMass, Amherst. Her novel, Loom, won the 2011 Arab American Award in the fiction category.

Steve Edwards is the author of Breaking into the Backcountry, the story of his seven months of solitude along the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River in Oregon. His work can be found in Orion, The Sun, Literary Hub, Longreads, and elsewhere. He teaches
writing at Fitchburg State University.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. Her first novel Daughters of the Stone was shortlisted as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. She lives in New York City. www.DahlmaLlanosFigueroa.com

Kim Gerould is a retired educator who has taught bilingual education and ESL. She is a co-founder of Families with Power and has been an activist since marching against the Vietnam War. She is now digging deep into African American and local history as a board member and tour guide of the David Ruggles Center for History and Education.

Andrea Hairston’s novels include: Master of Poisons, Will Do Magic For Small Change, NY Times Editor’s pick, finalist for the Mythopoeic, Lambda, and Otherwise Awards, and Redwood and Wildfire, an Otherwise Award winner. She bikes at night year round, meeting bears, multi-legged creatures of light and breath, and the occasional shooting star.

Daisy Hernández is the author of The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease, which won the 2022 PEN /Jean Stein Book Award. She is also the author of the award-winning memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.

Recent books by the authors:

SDWG Voices for Resistance 2022 books


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