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STAND WITH CHARLESTON

The massacre of parishioners and their pastor in an historic African-American church in Charleston, SC, is just the most recent example of growing racist terror in this country. It brings to mind the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, in 1963. Then, grown men planted a bomb that killed four young […]

A writer’s prolific residency at Virginia Center for Creative Arts

I’m re-entering civilization after a fertile six-week residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. During my stay, I completed both a short-fiction collection, Gelatin Prints, and 75 percent of a series of lyrical essays called Jaywalking. I also read two poetry books and a fiction collection by Ha Jing, whose work has proved catalytic […]

NYS Lobby and Legislative Conference

The UAW Region 9 and 9A NYS Lobby and Legislative Conference took place in Albany, March 8-11, where we had our biggest delegation in recent memory. Dave Hill, Marivir Montebon, Esther Cohen and I were among those attending. During our trip, we also lobbied on behalf of such NYS UAW issues as ending tax breaks […]

Starting A Publishing Company

I started Hard Ball Press out of desperation. My first four crime novels had gone out of print because either the publisher had shut down, or they had decided not to issue a paperback follow up to the hardcover.  So in the early days of print-on-demand, I began to put out my own novels, and […]

Gawker Writers Unionize!

The National Writers Union and all of our freelance members want to congratulate the staff writers and editors at Gawker Media on their overwhelming vote to join the Writers Guild of America-East. As workers in the creative economy, we know that all too often our work is undervalued by those who profit from it the […]

Louis Reyes Rivera Tribute Event Honors Four Emerging Talents

Every year, the National Writers Union’s New York Chapter features four emerging poets who are personally selected by close associates of Louis Reyes Rivera. These four artists are given the extraordinary opportunity to read their original works to the accompaniment of professional jazz musicians in a prominent venue. This year on May 16, a standing-room-only […]

NWU Co-Sponsors World Press Freedom Event at the United Nations

“Finding Security in Unsafe Passages” was a half-day event for journalists that the National Writers Union co-sponsored at the United Nations in New York on May 7 to mark World Press Freedom Day and raise awareness of the International Federation of Journalist’s End Impunity campaign. According to IFJ, more than 700 journalists have been killed […]

Go On Girl! Book Club selects Passion’s Pride for its recommended summer reading

Go On Girl! Book Club, the largest national reading organization in the U.S. for black women, has chosen“Passion’s Pride – Return to the Dawning,” by author Cathie Wright-Lewis, for its summer reading choice in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre. The spiritual novel explores the connection between the Twin Towers, symbols of American wealth and power, and the […]

The Story of the At-Large Chapter

One of NWU’s largest chapters, with nearly two hundred members, At-Large consists of writers from most of the fifty states, Puerto Rico, and nations from around the globe. While we are not geographically proximate to each other, we utilize the magic of words and the marvels of technology to create a community that is actual […]