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Occupy Writers

[For an up-to-date listing, and to lend your support, visit occupywriters.com]

  • Lorraine Adams, author of Harbor
  • Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
  • Steve Almond, author of Letters from People Who Hate Me
  • Katie Arnold-Ratliff, author of Bright Before Us
  • Rosecrans Baldwin, author of You Lost Me There
  • Russell Banks, author of Lost Memory of Skin
  • Matthew Battles, author of Library
  • Elif Batuman, The Possessed
  • Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
  • Karen E. Bender, author of Like Normal People
  • Kate Bernheimer, author of Horse, Flower, Bird
  • David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World
  • Robert Boswell, author of The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards
  • Helen Boyd, author of My Husband Betty
  • Adam Braver, author of November 22, 1963
  • Jane Brox, author of Brilliant
  • Maria Bustillos, author of Dorkismo
  • Emily Chenoweth, author of Hello Goodbye
  • Lance Cleland, editor, Tin House
  • Kim Cooper, author of Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’
  • Lucy Corin, author of The Entire Predicament
  • Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
  • John D’Agata, author of About a Mountain
  • Eric Darton, author of Divided We Stand
  • Jonathan Dee, author of The Privileges
  • Samuel R. Delaney, author of Through The Valley of the Nest of Spiders
  • Stacey D’Erasmo, author of A Seahorse Year
  • Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie
  • Toi Derricotte, The Black Notebooks
  • Matthew Dickman, author of All-American Poem
  • Kira Brunner Don, editor, Lapham’s Quarterly
  • Andre Dubus III, author of Townie
  • Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
  • Ben Ehrenreich, author of Ether
  • Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
  • Brian Evenson, author of The Open Curtain
  • Paul La Farge, author of Luminous Airplanes
  • Henry Farrell, Crookedtimber.org
  • Harriet Fasenfest, author of A Householder’s Guide to the Universe
  • Paul Ford, Ftrain.com
  • Steve Fraser, author of Wall Street
  • Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker
  • Peter Gadol, author of Silver Lake
  • Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods
  • Keith Gessen, author of All the Sad Young Literary Men
  • Jennifer Gilmore, author of Something Red
  • Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season
  • Vivian Gornick, author of Fierce Attachments
  • Kevin Alexander Gray, author of Waiting For Lightning to Strike
  • Mark Greif, editor, n+1Magazine
  • Tom Grimes, author of Mentor
  • Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton
  • Jason Grote, author of Maria/Stuart
  • Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
  • Beth Gutcheon, author of Leeway Cottage
  • DD Guttenplan, author of American Radical
  • Marilyn Hacker, author of Names
  • J.C. Hallman, author of In Utopia
  • Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding
  • Thom Hartmann, author of Threshold
  • Adam Haslett, author of Union Atlantic
  • Ernest Hebert, author of Never Back Down
  • Chris Hedges, author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
  • Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates
  • Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars
  • Arlie Hochschild, author of The Second Shift
  • Roger D. Hodge, author of The Mendacity of Hope
  • Donovan Hohn, author of Moby-Duck
  • Michael Honey, Going Down Jericho Road
  • Adam Horowitz, co-author of The Goldstone Report
  • Cynthia Huntington, author of Heavenly Bodies
  • Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift
  • Sarah Jones, author of Bridge & Tunnel
  • Kathryn Joyce, author of Quiverfull
  • Jessica Frances Kane, author of The Report
  • Esther Kaplan, author of With God On Their Side
  • Mary Karr, author of Lit
  • Richard Kim, editor, The Nation
  • Laura Kipnis, author of Against Love: A Polemic
  • Roger King, A Girl From Zanzibar
  • A.S. King, author of Please Ignore Vera Dietz
  • Mark Kingwell, author of The World We Want
  • Jay Kirk, author of Kingdom Under Glass
  • Naomi Klein, Author of The Shock Doctrine
  • Cheston Knapp, editor, Tin House
  • Scott Korb, author of Life in Year One
  • Jim Krusoe, author of Toward You
  • Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision
  • Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men
  • Jackson Lears, author of Rebirth of a Nation
  • Young Jean Lee, author of The Shipment
  • Gary Lenhart, author of The World in a Minute
  • Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude
  • Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask
  • William Bryant Logan, author of Dirt
  • Maria Luarino, author of Were You Always an Italian?
  • Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance
  • Holly MacArthur, editor, Tin House
  • Peter Manseau, author of Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter
  • Alane Mason, Words Without Borders
  • Anthony McCann, author of I Heart Your Fate
  • Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
  • Sheila McClear, author of Last of the Live Nude Girls
  • Patrick McGrath, author of Asylum
  • Askold Melnyczuk, author of House of Windows
  • China Miéville, author of Embassytown
  • Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dyslexicon
  • Katherine Min, author of Secondhand World
  • Lee Montgomery, author of The Things Between Us
  • Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm
  • Honor Moore, author of The Bishop’s Daughter
  • Keith Lee Morris, author of The Dart League King
  • Bradford Morrow, author of The Diviner’s Tale
  • Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening
  • Yascha Mounk, The Utopian
  • Duncan Murrell, Harper’s Magazine
  • Eileen Myles, author of Cool for You
  • Maggie Nelson, author of The Art of Cruelty
  • Maud Newton, When the Flock Changed
  • Danica Novgorodoff, author of Slow Storm
  • Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye
  • Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder
  • Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding
  • Tony Perez, editor, Tin House Books
  • Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland
  • Charles Petersen, editor, n+1Magazine
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Deborah, Golda, and Me
  • Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time
  • Katha Pollitt, author of The Mind-body Problem
  • D.A. Powell, author of Chronic
  • Francine Prose, author of Blue Angel
  • Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy
  • David Rakoff, author of Don’t Get Too Comfortable
  • Jon Raymond, author of Livability
  • Paul Reyes, author of Exiles in Eden
  • Matthew Rohrer, author of Destroyer and Preserver
  • Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses
  • Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed
  • Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia
  • Mike Sacks, author of Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason
  • Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, author of When Skateboards Will Be Free
  • Lilith Saintcrow, author of Redemption Alley
  • Luc Sante, author of Low Life
  • George Saunders, author of In Persuasion Nation
  • Nikil Saval, editor, n+1Magazine
  • Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater
  • Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy for God
  • Elissa Schappell, Blueprints for Building Better Girls
  • George Scialabba, author of What Are Intellectuals Good For?
  • Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family
  • Brenda Shaughnessy, author of Human Dark with Sugar
  • Jim Shepard, author of You Think That’s Bad
  • Karen Shepard, author of Don’t I Know You?
  • David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
  • Alix Kates Shulman, author of To Love What Is
  • Choire Sicha, The Awl
  • Daniel Smith, author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets
  • Lemony Snicket, A Series Of Unfortunate Events
  • Laurel Snyder, author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher
  • Alisa Solomon, author of Re-Dressing the Canon
  • Anna Solomon, author of The Little Bride
  • Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell
  • Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love
  • Scott Sparling, author of Wire to Wire
  • Scott Spencer, author of Endless Love
  • Rob Spillman, editor, Tin House
  • Kio Stark, author of Follow Me Down
  • Mary Helen Stefaniak, author of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia
  • Darcey Steinke, author of Easter Everywhere
  • Matthew Stewart, The Management Myth
  • Ginger Strand, author of Inventing Niagara
  • Donna Tartt, author of The Little Friend
  • Justin Taylor, author of The Gospel of Anarchy
  • Baratunde Thurston, editor, The Onion
  • Lynne Tillman, author of American Genius
  • Gioia Timpanelli, What Makes a Child Lucky
  • Pauls Toutonghi, author of Red Weather
  • Catherine Tudish, author of American Cream
  • Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road
  • Philip Weiss, author of American Taboo
  • Gina Welch, author of In the Land of Believers
  • Joel Whitney, editor, Guernica
  • Michelle Wildgen, author of But Not For Long
  • Brook Wilensky-Lanford, author of Paradise Lust
  • Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth
  • John Wray, author of Lowboy
  • JoAnn Wypijewski, Painting by Numbers
  • Matthew Zapruder, author of Come on All You Ghosts
  • Eric Zencey, author of Panama
  • Rachel Zucker, author of Home/Birth
  • Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front
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  6. Meria says:

    I’m a writer, though my book hasn’t been published…yet. I’ve written a book called “Diary of a Mad Bag Lady” that is my own personal account of a college grad who finds herself homeless. I was a sort of yuppie-hippie, practicing yoga and meditation and reading books on positive thinking who found myself on the streets interacting with some pretty tough characters. It was certainly an eye-opening experience and my attitude towards my fellow-American will never be the same.

    You see a completely different side of people when you are among the “dregs” of society, when you have no money or connections and people can’t benefit by socializing with you. I saw people who claim to be “liberal” & claim to help the homeless & the poor who were incredibly cruel to us but publicly (outwardly) took credit for their supposedly philanthropic endeavors. I lost friends who no longer wanted to be associated with me once I lost my financial livelihood.

    Seems agents aren’t interested in representing me and I’ll probably have to self-publish this book because I, essentially, tell people what they don’t want to hear. (But I think Americans are in great need of hearing this today!) Basically, the problem is not Wall St. It’s us. We’ve all “drunk the kool-aid” so to speak. Turn off the TV, start talking with your neighbors & forming communities again, stop buying from Walmart and other big corporate interests, stop supporting the system and things will change.

    The hardest thing for us to change is ourselves. Can we do it?

  7. Jeff Sharlet says:

    It is a libel to accuse the dozens, possibly hundreds, of Jewish writers who’ve signed of supporting anti-Semitism. Both of the original organizers of the list, Kiera Feldman and I, are Jewish. Speaking for myself, not casually Jewish, either. I was editor of Pakn Treger, a journal of Yiddish literature, for three years, and I’ve written for the Forward, The Jewish Quarterly, and other Jewish publications. There are too many Jewish writers who’ve signed for me to list. But you, Moshe, seem to be alone in your ugly views.

  8. Kurt Hartwig says:

    Every name gets entered in by hand and titles get checked (Herman Melville wanted to sign!). It’s very time consuming. There are a lot of self-published, academics, chapbook authors on the list.

  9. John W says:

    Is it true only writers who have published books or edit a major publication can “lend our support” to this site? That’s how the website’s entry fields makes it seem. What about the 99% of writers who haven’t published a major work yet?

  10. Markm says:

    Say, Moshe Ben Avram….

    The occupy Wall Street movement represents millions of people…and, like Democracy, itself…represents, perhaps, millions of points of view.

    Certainly, you have the right to criticize people who you call “anti-semitic and anti-isreali”…and they have a right, in a Democracy…to express their opinions.

    I am sure, not everybody in Isreal…agrees with your point of view. Whats important….is that our Bill of Rights guarantees people the right to peaceful protest: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Petition, Freedom of Religion, etc……

    Thats the Foundation of our Democracy…it is our sacred duty to make sure that never changes…

    The organizers of the events (currently, over 1,400 events around the country) have been committed to a non-violent approach. Over-all, they have been amazingly successful in keeping the events peaceful…with most of the violence, and provocation, on the part of the police officers.

  11. Moshe Ben Avram says:

    Apparently all you writer’s support the blatant anti-semitic, anti-Israel and violent rhetoric being put forth by the occupiers as well. Of course you’ll also erase this comment because you also don’t have the balls to publish it.

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  1. […] (Here is a slightly older list of signatories if the main site is down.) The list of writers reads like a social register of the current literary elite. A list of the major American writers who refused to sign the oath would be much smaller — not only because there aren’t too many major American writers now working, but also because no one seems to consider a Nabokov-like statement of refusal worth making. (At least I can’t find any on the web.) […]

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