As we free fall through a post-factual era in the United States, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the power and importance of a free press in American society. We may do this through protest, we may do this by subscribing to our favorite fact-checked publication, and for a fun-filled weekend in early April, we can do this by attending Power of the Press Fest, hosted by letterpress shop Signal-Return. Throughout Signal-Return’s home base of Eastern Market, and at many points beyond, from April 5-9 there is a busy schedule of activities, workshops, readings, and sales by artists who embrace a hands-on approach to making their truth heard.
Things kick off on Wednesday, April 5th, with a special edition of the Motor Signal Reading Series, which typically takes place on the third Thursday of every month at Signal-Return, and is hosted by hosted by story artist Cornetta Lane and hip-hop artist Brent Smith. Each event involves an activity of literary co-creation between performer and audience, and the special POPF opening night event, which begins at 7pm, will feature readings by Jan Worth-Nelson, editor of East Village Magazine in Flint, as well as well-known local poet, social justice organizer, youth advocate, and educator Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty.
Image courtesy of Signal Return