Resistance Mic!
Resistance Mic!

Resistance Mic!

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The 2016 election inspired a broad-based Resistance not seen in the United States in decades. People from all walks of life have been protesting, marching, mobilizing, and organizing in an effort to take back the country and create a more compassionate and just world. Artists are vital to this work. The American Repertory Theater, in collaboration with the literary magazine Pangyrus, welcomes the third season of Resistance Mic!, a series of intimate, curated evenings where a diverse collective of artists will take the stage to perform truth to power in these troubled times.

Launched on November 9, 2017—the one-year anniversary of the day after the 2016 election—Resistance Mic! is part of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series, an ongoing collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. The host is Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

The Resistance Mic! on November 6 will feature Sue Katz, Anne Stott, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Adam Stumacher, Jabari Asim, and Kalpana Jain.



Sue Katz (@suekatz) identifies herself as a “Wordsmith and Rebel.” Her journalism and fiction have been published in anthologies, magazines, and online on the three continents where she has lived, worked, and roused rabble. She has been a martial arts master, promoted transnational volunteering, and partner danced more than her feet could bear. She began her lifelong activism in the civil rights movement in the early 1960s. Her first play was recently produced by the prestigious Theater Offensive in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Her fiction books, often focusing on the lives of elders, include A Raisin in My Cleavage: short and shorter stories, Lillian’s Last Affair and other stories, and Lillian in Love. For more on see, please visit


Alex Marzano-Lesnevich (@alexmlwrites) is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly,, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, The Guardian, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, a finalist for a New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award, and has been translated into eight languages. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, Oxford American, Harpers, and many other publications. An assistant professor at Bowdoin College, they also teach in the Pan-European low-residency MFA program. They live in Portland, Maine, with an enormous puppy. For more on Alex, please visit


Anne Stott (@theannestott) is an actor and indie rock singer/songwriter. She has recorded two full length albums of original music. Love Never Dies, released in 2015, was called “a stunner” and peaked at #19 on the Relix Magazine radio chart. Her music can be found anywhere you like to tune in. As an actor, Stott has appeared in numerous plays and short films. Favorite roles include Barbara in August Osage County (Provincetown Theater) and Adult Alison in Fun Home (Falmouth Theatre Guild). Stott gave a TED talk at the first TEDx Provincetown and premiered her one woman show, Scorpio Blonde, at the 2018 Afterglow Festival. For more on Anne, please visit


Adam Stumacher (@adamstumacher) is an author and educator whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, and others, was anthologized in Best New American Voices, and won a Nelson Algren Award and the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He has received fellowships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and University of Wisconsin Center for Creative Writing, where he was the Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow. He has taught classes and seminars at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Harvard Kennedy School, Saint Mary’s College, Framingham State, and many other universities. A longtime educator in urban schools, he is a multiple recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education as well as a fellowship from the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College, and his commentaries on education appear regularly on NPR. For more on Adam, please visit

Jabari Asim (@jabariasim) directs the MFA program in creative writing at Emerson College. He is a Guggenheim fellow and the author of 16 books, including We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival. Forthcoming works include two poetry collections, Sing It Like A God and Stop and Frisk. For more on Jabari, please visit

Kalpana Jain (@kalpanajain) is a long-time investigative journalist who worked at Times of India for many years. She reported on India’s ailing public health system and many other social justice issues. Her reports led to the resignation of a Union minister. In 2008, she was selected as a Nieman Fellow in global health reporting at Harvard and she spent time as part of the fellowship investigating the global drug supply chain. She moved into religion writing and reporting, as she felt that was an angle that was often missed in the daily coverage of news. In addition to her role at The Conversation, she continues to write about the rise of Hindu nationalism in India. She studied gender and religion and holds a Master in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School as also a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. She has worked as a writer and researcher at Harvard. Her book on the AIDS epidemic in India, published by Penguin, is part of the curriculum at many Indian universities. For more on Kalpana, please visit


Timothy Patrick McCarthy (@DrTPM) is an award-winning scholar, writer, educator, and activist who has taught on the faculty at Harvard University since 2005. Twice named one of the Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” Dr. McCarthy is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course, a college humanities program for low-income adults in Dorchester, MA, and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. He is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, including Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, forthcoming in Spring 2019. An A.R.T. Board Member, he is the host of Resistance Mic! and director of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series. To learn more, please visit



American Repertory Theater (@americanrep) at Harvard University is a leading force in American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater
by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theater experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, as well as the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists. Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area.

Pangyrus LitMag (@Pangyrus) publishes stories, poems, essays and journalism that make artful and original connections, explore the unexpected, and break the constraints that keep people and ideas isolated. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we publish continuously online, and in print twice a year, including a special Resistance-themed issue in Fall 2018. You can find our latest publications and news at