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Catalyst Radio: An anthology for grassroots activism in Grand Rapids

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Dani Vilella, co-editor of the upcoming anthology Grand Rapids Grassroots.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with co-hosts Katie Gordon, Jessica Gladden, Michelle Jokisch Polo, and Leah Schumaker. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center website.

Dani Vilella conducting an advocacy training.

Dani Vilella conducting an advocacy training. /Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology Facebook page

In this conversation, Dani Vilella shares information about the submission-based book project: Grand Rapids Grassroots: An Anthology. As a part of the "Rust Belt Series" through Belt Publishing, the book will be a collection of essays, personal narratives, and poetry edited by Vilella and Ashley Nickels that explores the grassroots organizing and activism scene in Grand Rapids. In this interview, we discuss the range of organizing/activist/non-profit/academic pieces that they are looking for, the way Grand Rapids compares or contracts with other cities' grassroots narratives, and how this book can be used for classes, non-profits, and organizing efforts in the future.

If you are interested in submitting a piece, reach out to the editors via email or read the guidelines for submission. Submissions are due by March 31, 2017.

To follow the project, follow them on Facebook

The book is expected to be released in Fall 2017. 

Download the audio here.

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