Art After Trump

By December 2, 2016Features

Well-Read Black Girl is co-hosting “Art After Trump“, a gathering and marathon-style reading at Housing Works Bookstore on December 15th. In 2017, WRBG will find new ways to expand our mission in the wake of the election. Now more than ever, we need to create safe spaces for discourse & community building. Our collective response is essential to sustaining our constitutional democracy. What do you want to say or do? We want to hear YOUR voice. RSVP on Facebook.

“Don’t stay home. You’re going to need two kinds of art in the days and months to come. You’re going to need the kind that calms you down and the kind that riles you up. According to New York artist Marilyn Minter, if you don’t want to see a Trump elected again, here are your operating instructions: “Feel the pain, until it passes thru you. Regroup, get angry, get tough, take notes.”

Further Reading: How Artists Are Changing Their Work in Response to Donald Trump’s Victory

What books are helping you cope with the recent election? How are you educating yourself?
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#NotMyPresident Reading List 

  1. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison
  2. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
  3. The Black Radical Imagination by Robin Kelley
  4. On Intellectual Activism by Patricia Hill Collins
  5. Race Matters by Cornel West
  6. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  7. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  8. The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward
  9. Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  10. Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
  11. Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard by Jill Stauffer
  12. The Souls of White Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  13. The New Negro by Alain Locke
  14. Children of Fire by Thomas C. Holt
  15. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  16. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  17. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Book Award for Fiction

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Book Award for Nonfiction

The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky
Book Award for Poetry