Resistance Mic!
Resistance Mic!

Resistance Mic!

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Artists Performing Truth to Power.

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. This fall, the American Repertory Theater, in collaboration with the literary magazine Pangyrus, welcomes the second 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.

During 2018/19, Resistance Mic! will take place on Tuesdays (September 25, November 13, February 19 & April 16) at 8PM at OBERON, A.R.T.’s second stage theater.

Tuesday, November 13 : Special Midterm Edition

Resistance Mic! and the celebration of the newly published Pangyrus Resistance Issue.

Artists include Jennifer JeanRegie Gibson, Tim McCarthy, Sarah Sweeney, plus the amazing talents of writers in the newly published Pangyrus Resistance Issue, including:  Sonya Larson, Fred Marchant, Grace Taulsan and more…

Music by Atlas Soul.

Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean’s debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table). Her chapbooks include The Archivist and In the War, and her new manuscript, titled OBJECT, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains Review Book Prize. Other awards include a 2018 Disquiet FLAD Fellowship; a 2017 Her Story Is residency; and a 2013 Ambassador for Peace Award for her activism in the arts. Jennifer’s poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Rattle Magazine, Waxwing Journal, Crab Creek Review, Mud City Journal, Solstice Magazine, and more. She is the Managing Editor of Talking Writing Magazine, teaches writing at Boston-area universities, and facilitates Free2Write poetry workshops for trauma survivors and sex-trafficking survivors. For more, see (@fishwifetales)


Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator who has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters and various other venues on two continents and in seven countries, most recently, in Havana, Cuba. Regie and his work appear in the New Line Cinema film love jones, based largely on events in his life. The poem entitled “Brother to the Night (A Blues for Nina)” appears on the movie soundtrack and is performed by the film’s star, Larenz Tate. Regie performed “Hey Nappyhead” in the film with world-renowned percussionist Kahil El Zabar, composer of the score for the musical The Lion King. For more, see (@regiegibson)


Sonya Larson

Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories 2017, American Short Fiction, American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. She has received honors and fellowships include the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Vermont Studio Center. She directs Grub Street’s annual “Muse and the Marketplace” literary conference, as well as GrubStreet’s race and advocacy work. She received her MFA in fiction at the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. For more, see (@SonyaLarson)


Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, and House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. Marchant has translated works by Vietnamese poets Tran Dang Khoa and Vo Que. He has also edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford. An emeritus professor of English, he is the founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston. He is the winner of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets “whose work is an inspiration to other writers.” For more, see (@FredMarchant)


Sarah Sweeney

Sarah Sweeney is the author of the essay collection Tell Me If You’re Lying and The Dark Length Home, a chapbook of poems co-written with Anne Champion. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Salon, The Rumpus, Catalpult, Oxford American, and others. She works as a travel writer in Boston and is working on a second collection of essays about men and misogyny. For more, see (@LooseGringa)


Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan is the winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction for The Body Papers, a memoir about trauma, illness, and immigration. She has published essays, longform journalism, fiction and book reviews in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and many others. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has been awarded residencies to Hedgebrook, Ragdale, and the Dune Shacks in Provincetown. She is a graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. At Tufts University, she teaches in the English Department and The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She is a longtime member and teacher at Grub Street, an independent creative writing center, and lives outside of Boston with her husband. For more, see (@gracet09)


Music by

Atlas Soul is a multiple-award-winning band performing original music that celebrates polyrhythm & melodies rooted in the Afro-Mediterranean traditions, punched with organic deep funk, jazz, and intelligent hip hop. Burning live performances with audience participation are their trademark! They have played scores of major venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Festival International de Louisiane, The Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Joe’s Pub, Montreal Festival Nuits d’Afrique, and more. Atlas Soul features two outstanding lead vocalists—Regie Gibson, an award-winning poet, percussionist and natural powerhouse performer, and Jacques Pardo from France, a saxophonist, guitarist, composer and bandleader. Drummer extraordinaire Zeke Martin and bassist Steve Davis, “The Groove Master,” hold the rhythm section, along with Greek-American virtuoso guitarist Perry Bakalos. For more, see


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. You 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