The Persisters is a newly established network of feminist poets and artists. We are intersectional and inclusive. We are concerned about the turning tide in the rights of women and all minorities.
We are harnessing our collective skills as poets, artists and wordsmiths to create community and combat the erosion of hard-won freedoms fought for and earned over many decades.
We want to celebrate, enjoy and secure those gains, and to support the struggle to extend those rights to all women. We believe in art as dialogue, celebration and resistance. We also believe in getting together for a party.
‘Holding the Line’ will be a day of artistic activism and excellence, fund-raising and spirit-raising. During the day, well-known poets will perform alongside newer poets in a series of sponsored poetry readings about women, their lives and their rights.
Sara Nesbitt Gibbons
Jude Cowan Montague
Amy Neilson Smith