Literary Event of the Week: Fight for Our Lives at Hugo House

According to press materials, Fight for Our Lives "is a performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression (queer, trans*, incarcerated, migrants, women, people of color)." The organization is scheduled to end on inauguration day of 2021. That means it's got less than a year left to live.

During its life, Fight for Our Lives will aspire to "connect nonprofit organizations to audiences and artists across the Puget Sound area." Thursday night's reading benefits Lambert House, an amazing nonprofit organization and space for queer and trans teens, and the Ingersoll Gender Center, which provides "peer led support groups, advocating in navigating resources, community organizing, and education" for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

Tonight's event is a splashy big debut for Fight for Our Lives, featuring performances from poet Naa Akua, musician and performer Adé A Cônneré, poet Amber Flame, and writers Juan Miguel Jocom, Callum Angus, Calvin Gimpelevich, and Ray Stoeve. Additionally, Seattle literary powerhouse Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will read, lending her power and passion to the event.

The event will also feature an art sale, with proceeds benefitting Lambert House and Ingersoll. In a year when everyone's attention will be impossible to focus for any longer than a minute at a time, this event will remind you what matters.

Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, 322-7030,, 7 pm, $10 suggested donation.