Powerful WORDS

Held all over the U.S. and other nations on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the inaugural Writers Resist event showcases speakers on the ideals of democracy and free expression. Organized by writer-educator Laura Minor, the local lineup of this engaging event features writers and readers Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams, Mark Ari, Ebony Payne-English (pictured), Sohrab Homi Fracis, Tim Gilmore, Shelton Hull, Valerie G. Keane, Steve Lambert, Tiffany Melanson, Andy Rojas, Love Reigns, Jared Michael Rypkema and Minor herself. Donated works by local visual artists including Jim Draper, Overstreet Ducasse, Hiromi Moneyhun, Chip Southworth and Sharla Valeski are available. Duval Spit performs.

6-10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Rain Dogs, Riverside, proceeds benefit JASYMN, writersresist.org.