Virtual - There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis - Panel Discussion Featuring Daniel Peña and Kirsten West Savali moderated by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

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There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis featuring Daniel Peña and Kirsten West Savali moderated by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.

A year ago this May, after centuries of violence against unarmed Black citizens, the murder of George Flloyd sparked a protest movement the scale of which had not been seen in half a century of American life. In the middle of a lethal pandemic, a crisis in democratic government, and an environmental escalation, concerned Americans took to the street to protest the constant threat to Black lives. The viciousness of police brutality. The persistent bowing before institutionalized white supremacy. What's changed? There's a Revolution Outside, My Love, which draws its title from a letter to her son by the writer Kirsten West Savali, brings together nearly fifty accounts from Americans trying to live and create spaces of intimacy and care in this tumultuous time. They come in the forms of poems, essays, reportage and political arguments. Join West Savali and fellow contributor Daniel Peña for a discussion of what this year of taking to the streets has wrought. How they created - if they could - narratives which made sense to them, or to their family. What they see now that a terrible anniversary has come and brought with it not only a trial of Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, but fresh anguish too in the lethal shooting of Duante Wright. Their discussion will be moderated by Houston poet laureate emeritus Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton and open to all on zoom.

 Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.  Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar. A graduate of Cornell University and a former Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, Germany, his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the LitHub, NBC News, and The New York Times Magazine among  other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog. His novel, Bang, is out now from Arte Publico Press. He lives in beautiful Houston, Texas.

Kirsten West Savali is Senior Director of Content at iOne Digital, Urban One’s suite of media brands. She most recently served as executive producer at ESSENCE Magazine and as the magazine’s senior editor of News & Politics. She is also a member of the 'me too.' Movement's editorial team. As a writer, cultural critic, and commentator, her work explores the intersections of racism, social justice, feminism, and politics. She is the recipient of the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence, which honors exemplary reporting on Black life in America, an NABJ Award for Journalistic Excellence, and a John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for her work focusing on criminal justice.

Kirsten was named to EBONY Magazine's 'Power 100’ List, where she was recognized as a “Black thought leader for a new generation.” She also serves as a board member of Being Black at School, a national non-profit organization moving equity conversations into action to make schools safer for Black students.

Kirsten currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her three sons—Walker, Dash, and Reid—and two dogs, and she carries her late husband, Savali Savali III, in her heart with every breath she takes. 

Follow her on Twitter: @KWestSavali and IG: @KirstenWestSavali

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known writer, educator, activist, performer, and and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World, Her recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination, was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award, and received honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. Its German translation, under the title "Berichtenswert," is set to be released in Fall 2021 by Elif Verlag.  She lives and creates in Houston, TX. For more information visit


There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis Cover Image
By Tracy K. Smith (Editor), John Freeman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780593314692
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 11th, 2021