The Blowtorch Readings are a direct response to the 2016 United States Presidential campaigns and election. Although so much of rhetoric during this process was purposefully divisive, we firmly believe words can bring people together.
At this moment, it is vitally important that American citizens and residents be aware of their rights in multiple contexts. In addition to international and national documents, we encourage the reading of state and local ordinances to spread awareness and knowledge of our legal support structures. As a counterpoint, we also encourage the reading of poems, op-eds, essays, short stories, and works of fiction, to understand how intellectuals and writers have confronted basic questions of humanity before.