FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES strikes again! Writer Corinne Manning reads an excerpt from their forthcoming story collection 'We Had No Rules' (Arsenal Pulp Press) to advocate and fundraise for Mother Nation. Donate at www.mothernation.org and discover Corinne Manning at www.corinnemanning.com


------- About MOTHER NATION -------

Mother Nation is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 grassroots Native American organization which offers culturally informed healing services, advocacy, mentorship and homeless prevention in the State of Washington.


------- About CORINNE MANNING -------

Corinne Manning's debut story collection WE HAD NO RULES (Arsenal Pulp Press, May 2020) has received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher's Weekly the latter noting it "exquisitely examines queer relationships with equal parts humor, heartache, and titillation." Their stories and essays have been published widely, including in Toward an Ethics of Activism and Shadow Map: An Anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault. Corinne is a writer in resident for Writers in The Schools and founded The James Franco Review, a project that sought to address implicit bias in the publishing industry.


-------- About FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES -------

Fight for Our Lives is a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression (queer, trans, incarcerated, migrants, womxn, people of color). By showcasing local artists, writers, and performers, our series also benefits mission-driven nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to connect nonprofit opportunities to audiences and artists across the Puget Sound area. Fight for Our Lives is grassroots-led and time-limited until January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day.




My hectic schedule distracts me from artistic work I'd rather do. I'm humbled I have a job during these (un)certain times. The counterweight, however, is art-making. Writing, specifically.


The more writing distances itself from me, the harder I have to work to reach it. Whether that's waking up earlier (before 5AM), saying no to more projects (which is getting to that point), or rearranging my schedule, something must change.


While I navigate through this process, one understanding I'd like to underscore is that problem solving is wellness. For several weeks, my wellness hasn't been up to par. Meditation isn't as frequent. Journalling has stalled. Friendships are silent. But I'm working on solutions. Patience is my next step (uggh).


If you're in a similar rut and figuring it out, don't forget to pat yourself on the back for solving the problem.


Problems require solutions, and I'm just in that weird place of waiting for my investment. In the meantime, tonight I'll enjoy the sunset as a reward for making it through the day.


FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES returns with #StoriesofStrength to support chronically ill and immunocompromised artists. Our first performer – SHARMA SHIELDS — is a novelist and short story writer. She’s fundraising for the National MS Society. Support her efforts by donating to her team at MONSTER FIGHTERS.


SHARMA SHIELDS shares a wild short story about what it means to live with multiple sclerosis while bra shopping. You read correctly. There’s a condor, too! Learn more about Sharma Shields at www.sharmashields.com


ABOUT ‘FIGHT OUR LIVES’

Fight for Our Lives is a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression (queer, trans, incarcerated, migrants, womxn, people of color).


By showcasing local artists, writers, and performers, our series also benefits mission-driven nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to connect nonprofit opportunities to audiences and artists across the Puget Sound area.

Fight for Our Lives is grassroots-led and time-limited until January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day.

See our series debut supporting trans and queer artists.




D.A. Navoti

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D.A. NAVOTI (@da.navoti) is a creative nonfiction and poetic prose storyteller. He's a 2020 Seattle CityArtist recipient and a former fellow at Hugo House and Jackstraw Cultural Center. Read More... 

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