The Bridge SeriesTuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Bridge Series visits City of Asylum at Alphabet City to celebrate the publication of the new anthology ‘Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence’ (Beacon Press, 2017). Join them for an evening featuring readings by Vanessa German, Jhordan Price, Roshi Xing, Mysheree Key, and Silas Maxwell Switzer!
The Bridge Series’ guest organization will be Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The reading will be moderated by Brentin Mock and followed by a Q&A session led by Ellen McGrath Smith: Gina Pelusi (Moms Demand Action), Brentin Mock (staff writer at CityLab, former justice editor at Grist), Brian Clements (editor, Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence).
The Bridge Series charges $5 at the door. All proceeds go to Moms Demand Action.
About our guests:
Vanessa German believes in the power of art to heal, to resist misery & to make a future where all human beings can be as dimensionally human as they can muster the courage to be. German is an artist based in Pittsburgh’s historic Homewood neighborhood. She created the ARTHouse and Love Front Porch as spaces where anyone can come and make something if the door is open.
Jhordan Price is a ninth grade student at Westinghouse Arts Academy. She is a current member of the Alumni Theater Company, and a performer and writer.
Roshi Xing is currently a junior at North Allegheny Senior High School in Pittsburgh whose hobbies include writing, reading, playing music, and seething over the latest newspaper headlines. She lived eight years of her life in Blacksburg, VA; witnessing the aftermath of tragedy shaped her views on gun control.
Mysheree Key is in the eighth grade at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8. She will be going this fall to CAPA to study theatre; her passion is rapping, but she is an overall artist with a message.
Brentin Mock is a staff writer for Citylab who writes about the role of justice and civil rights in the laws and policies that govern our lives, particularly in the urban environment. He has a long history of reporting on environmental justice and voting rights. He previous served as justice editor for the environmental news site Grist, and as a national correspondent for Colorlines.com. He has also served as a staff writer or fellow for The Nation, The American Prospect magazine, Intelligence Report magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, and The Lens, an investigative online news nonprofit in New Orleans, Louisiana. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Root, Outside Magazine, Essence, The Grio, and Next City.
Silas Maxwell Switzer is a musician, poet, activist, and member of the LGBTQ+ youth community. He is president of the Gender & Sexuality Alliance at Obama Academy, where he is a sophomore who plans to study law and advocacy upon graduation.
Brian Clements, one of the editors of Bullets Into Bells, is the author, most recently, of A Book of Common Rituals. He lives in Newtown, CT, where his wife, a teacher, survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Moms Demand Action was founded by stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts on December 15, 2012, in response to the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The organization quickly flourished into a leading force for gun violence prevention, with chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms that has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level. In December 2013, Moms Demand Action partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to unite a nationwide movement of millions of Americans working together to change the game and end the epidemic of gun violence that affects every community.