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What Shall We Call Ourselves?

The BizTech Division was formed to represent those who write for the business community, as well as what once was the burgeoning Silicon Valley tech world. BizTech writing assignments were works for hire, where copyrights belonged to the employers— rather than individual writers—for such items as user manuals and PR releases. BizTech was a catchy […]

World Press Freedom Day at the UN

The National Writers Union (NWU), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (CCCUN) and Metro NY Labor Communications Council (MNYLCC) organized a panel discussion May 3 for World Press Freedom Day. Held at the United Nations in New York City, the event explored the media’s role in supporting human rights […]

Lowenberg Published in Poetry Journal

NWU member Zigi Lowenberg’s poem, “The Ridiculous Optimism of the Daffodil,” was published in Rabbit and Rose, an online poetry journal. A poet, performer, and co-leader in the seminal jazzpoetry ensemble, UpSurge! Lowenberg lives with her husband and creative partner in Harlem and Oakland. Follow her @ZigarinaZigi and learn more at upsurgejazz. Here is Lowenberg’s […]

NWU Joins Day of Action for Verizon Strikers

May 5, Cinco de Mayo, was a National Day of Action to support nearly 40,000 striking Verizon workers.  The strikers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), are beginning the fourth week of the strike. NWU represented from New York to Los Angeles! In NY, the […]

Verizon Strike Attracts SoCal Union Support

Members of several unions, including the NWU, stood in front of a Verizon store in Burbank, CA, on May 5 to support the nearly 40,000 striking Verizon workers from Massachusetts to New York to Virginia. Most of the strikers are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Those who came to show their support […]

Connell on Rise of Conservatism in 1950s

Tula A. Connell discussed her new work— a historical account of right-wing opposition to the postwar New Deal—during a book discussion at Busboys & Poets in Takoma Park, MD, on Thursday, May 5. Since completing her doctorate, she refined her dissertation, which was published by the University of Illinois Press in April. “Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging […]

Killens Review Accepts Submissions through June 17

The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is currently accepting submissions for the Fall/ Winter 2016 Issue,  which has the theme, “Embracing Difference.”  The submission deadline is June 17. The journal is seeking submissions of fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, book reviews, essays, art, poetry, interviews, and memoir,  in which black writers and artists create […]

SCOTUS Upholds Google Scanning for-Profit

In a very bad decision for authors,  the US Supreme Court decided not to hear the Authors Guild (AG) appeal of the Google Book Scanning Project, terminating on April 15 a decade-long case that has struck at the heart of the publishing industry. This decision comes after two separate appeals courts ruled that Google did […]

DC Chapter Retreat gets Writers on the Same Page

Wordsmiths in and around Washington, DC came together April 9 to discuss new ways to connect and organize around the issues that matter to writers: copyright, freelance pay rates, and fair contracts.Twenty-four people attended the conference, hosted by the National Writers Union, DC Chapter, and came from DC, Virginia, Maryland, and even New York to […]

Third Annual DC LaborFest Set for May

With nearly 60 labor arts events planned for the third annual DC LaborFest in May, now’s the time to mark your calendar and spread the word! The just-released LaborFest “Save the Date” card makes that easy. It includes a full color-coded calendar with a schedule of all the labor films, concerts, history, art, and book […]