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Worker Writers Summer School on Governors Island

Worker Writers invites you to its first annual Summer School on Governors Island, June 13-14. Join workers from Domestic Workers United, the Taxi Workers Alliance, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, the Street Vendor Project, and other worker centers and trade unions for a two-day public party and free school on Governor’s Island. This event runs from 1-5pm both days and is free and open to the public. Follow signs from the ferry to Nolan Park. We are in building #20A. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

1:00pm | BREAKING LINES (EXCEPT PICKET LINES) 
Editing poems with Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Jeff Derksen, Randall Horton, Camille Rankine, & Rodrigo Toscano 

2:00pm | WORKER WRITERS WORKSHOP 
w/ Rigoberto González

3:00pm | A POSSIBLE HISTORY OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Vijay Prashad in conversation with Andrew Hsiao

4:00pm | WALTER BENJAMIN’S SONNETS
A Community/Collective Reading 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

1:00pm | THE MILITANT IMAGE WORKSHOP
with Austrian cultural collective Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, & Helmut Weber)

2:00pm | WHAT IS BEING DONE?
Sujatha Fernandes, author of Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation
Tammy Kim, Al Jazeera America
Basma Eid, Street Vendors Project
Hilary Klein, author of Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories
Bhaskar Sunkara Editor & Publisher of Jacobin Magazine

3:00pm | RADICAL SCHOOLS & WORKERS SCHOOLS
Bill Ayers in conversation with Mark Nowak

4:00pm | READING BY WORKER WRITERS’ SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS
Christine Lewis, Lizet Palencia, Seth Goldman, Davidson Garrett, Gerda Brice Elia, Samantha Lee, Doreen Nash, Adi Presume, Jimmyka Laurent, Fidel Alleyne, & others.

 

Both days, pen a line in a 200 foot work poem, browse at Haymarket Books‘ “pop-up bookstore,” and toss a PEN American Center frisbee across the open lawns of Governor’s Island!

You can download a full schedule of events here.

You can find details on visiting Governor’s Island here.

To learn more and receive updates, visit the Worker Writers’ Facebook event page, follow them on Twitter at @WorkerWriters, or email them at [email protected]

 

Sponsored by PEN American Center, PEN World Voices FestivalVerso BooksHaymarket BooksManhattanville College MFA program, & Starvos Niachos Foundation.