Fight For Our Lives


Fight for Our Lives was a year long performance series advocating for communities targeted by divisive politics and systemic oppression.

By showcasing local artists, writers, and performers, the series also benefited mission-driven nonprofit organizations. The goal was to connect nonprofit opportunities to audiences and artists across the Puget Sound area.

Fight for Our Lives was grassroots-led by writers Ruth Joffre and D.A. Navoti and ran until January 20, 2021—Inauguration Day.


Our year-long series concluded with Fight For Our Lives: Celebrating Diversity & Anti-Racism. This event benefited anti-racist work at Solid Ground and NW Immigrant Rights Project.

Special shout out to our readers Lena Khalaf TuffahaRob ArnoldEver Jones, Cassidy Dyce, and Ramón Isao.

FALL 2020

Fight For Our Lives returned in solidarity of worker rights. Our event was hosted by writer and union organizer Alex Gallo-Brown and our readers included J.M. Wong, Dujie Tahat, Gina Myers, and Paul Hlava Cabello. Our event benefited these nonprofit organizations:

FALL 2020

Fight For Our Lives co-founder Ruth Joffre led a community conversation with local literary talent. We’re thankful to writers Laura Da’, Frances Lee, Juan Carlos Reyes, Kristen Millares Young, and political activist Sherae Lascelles for an incredible community gathering (virtually, of course).

Summer 2020

Fight For Our Lives partnered with Hugo House to virtually support four amazing readers and a special youth speaker representing Rainier Scholars.

Our event featured Katrina Otuonye, Nia Dickens, Kamari Bright, Ebo Barton, and youth speaker Jaliyah Putney of Rainier Scholars.

And our nonprofit beneficiaries were:

Fight For Our Lives rallied for Black Lives Matter with a second reading in partnership with Hugo House.

We’re incredibly thankful for our four outstanding poets Jalayna Carter, Luther Hughes, Natasha Marin, and M’Bilia Meekers. Support Black stories and Black writers by buying their books and supporting them on social media.

Our feature nonprofit or grassroots organizations were:

Spring 2020

Multidisciplinary artist Shantell Jackson shares a poem to advocate and fundraise for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Writer Nicola Griffith reads to advocate and fundraise for Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Spokane author Sharma Shields reads a short story to advocate and fundraise for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (team search: MONSTER FIGHTERS).

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.

Poet, lecturer, and scholar C.R. Grimmer reads #PoemsofStrength to support the TransWomen of Color Collective.

Winter 2020

The Seattle community rallied in support for trans & queer people at Hugo House in Seattle, WA, for Fight For Our Lives. Our event raised over $900 for two stellar nonprofit organizations Lambert House and Ingersoll Gender Center.

The event wast hosted by Ade Connere and featured writer Ray Stoeve, multidisciplinary artists Naa Akua and Amber Flame, writers Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Calvin Gimpelevich, Juan Jocom, and Callum Angus.

Furthermore, these talented artists showcased their creations at the event: Peyton Patchouli, Nina Raizel, Clare Johnson, and Spencer McAfee-Gundrum.

Photos by D.A. Navoti.