WriteToMove is a themed anthology on the broad topic of mobility rights. It features poetry and prose, including short fiction, creative non-fiction, and essays, from 37 writers from Winnipeg and elsewhere.
The selected writings represent a variety of voices, belonging to both emerging and established writers, and a variety of experiences, both real and imagined. They explore freedom of movement, barriers to movement, refugee experiences, physical challenges, personal bests, agile bodies and aging bodies. They explore the thrill of cycling, boating, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, the splendour of dance, and the serenity inherent in a simple neighbourhood walk. They explore fear and frustration, intuition and ingenuity, and exhaustion and exhilaration. Set in Winnipeg, in Copenhagen, in Bordeaux and myriad other locales, they are inspiring, insightful, edifying and engaging.
WriteToMove was conceived by artist/writer Sharon Chisvin in consultation with Winnipeg Trails Association, Anders Swanson, and Leigh Anne Parry. Winnipeg Trails is a local non-profit dedicated to promoting and enhancing accessibility, connectivity and opportunities for active and sustainable transportation in Winnipeg and beyond.
The right to mobility is entrenched in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet it is a right that is denied to many. While this anthology about movement is meant primarily to entertain, it is hoped that it also will give readers pause to consider the millions of refugees, asylum seekers and detainees who, for a multitude of reasons, cannot move freely in this world.
It is important to note, as well, that this anthology was conceived and curated before the world changed in the winter of 2020. The stories contained within it, therefore, do not delve into the restrictions of movement posed by Covid-19. Those stories – and there will be many of them – are for another time.
The anthology was launched virtually on June 24, 2021. Watch it on YouTube!