ELMHURST — A group of local writers are joining forces with other artists to celebrate democracy and equality.
"Re-Inaugurate Our Democracy" is an artist-led response to the election and President Donald Trump's actions since taking office according to Nancy Agabian, an organizer.
She, along with Meera Nair and Amy Paul, wanted to host an event that would bring together like-minded writers, artists and musicians — bringing attention to creating a more just and compassionate democracy.
The event will also be associated with Writers Resist, a nationwide effort to promote activism within the literary community.
The event will be held Wed., Feb. 1 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St., in Elmhurst.
Admission is free, and donations collected at the event will be given to Hate Free Zone, a newly-formed collaboration of Queens organizations working to support immigrant communities.
Artists who will read at the event include Nadia Ahmad, Bani Amor, Christen Clifford, Sherese Francis, KC Trommer, Queens poet laureate Maria Lisella, and more.
Those who attend are encouraged to bring paper and pens to join in on a writing exercise during the event.
“Art has a power to express what's been suppressed and to shift consciousness,” Paul said. “We need to use our creativity to unite and to discuss the rapid changes in the nation which affect our Queens neighborhoods.”