Local Activist Turned Author, KaeLyn Rich, Donates 70 Books To Teen Girls


photos: Julian for RCTV Media Center

Local activist turned author, KaeLyn Rich, celebrated the launch of her first book, GIRLS RESIST!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by organizing a celebration and activism fair in collaboration with the Avenue Black Box Theatre, on Saturday, August 11th.

Girls Resist! Day at the Avenue featured live music from EMDR Collective and teen girl band, Maxi Pads, as well as performances from Breathing Fire teen slam poets and The Avenue Blackbox noDrama youth. An open-air activist fair was set-up featuring community and non-profit organizations that offer ways for youth to get involved in making change.

Rich also offered book readings and sold signed copies of her books for the over 150 people in attendance. For every book purchased she donated one to a local teen girl. She was able to donate 70 books on Saturday. “My goal is to get Girls Resist! into the hands of youth who are ready to lead the next movement of activism. In particular, I want to make it available to young people who might not have access to information and ideas like this in their school or home,” said Rich.

Reenah Golden, founder and artistic director of the Avenue Blackbox Theatre said, “I was delighted with the ways in which young people were engaged through literature and art. They witnessed art as activism on stage and through conversing with “artivists” ranging from black woman professors to writers and organizers and lifestyle brand creators. I’m honored to have hosted the first of many Girls Resist inspired days at the Avenue! “

For more information about Girls Resist! or to download the free Educators’ Guide please visit quirkbooks.com/girlsresist.

Publisher’s Weekly praise for Girls Resist!

Look for a full interview with KaeLyn in our October print issue!

Zack Waffle gives donated books to youth in the lobby of The Avenue Blackbox Theatre.

Girls Resist! author, KaeLyn Rich, and her two-year-old daughter, Remi Lee.

The activist fair, held on the public sidewalk outside The Avenue Blackbox Theatre, welcomed all to take action and get involved locally.

Reenah Golden, founder and artistic director of The Avenue Blackbox Theatre.

Julia Egan of EMDR Collective performs original works at Girls Resist! Day

Reenah Golden greets the packed house at Girls Resist! Day and introduces local teen rock band, Maxi Pads.


About the Author: KaeLyn Rich is a staff writer for the popular queer website Autostraddle.com. A feminist organizer, nonprofit leader, and sexuality educator, she is the assistant advocacy director of the ACLU of New York and former community affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.

About the Avenue Blackbox Theatre: The Avenue Blackbox Theatre is where the cool kids come to play. Here art disciplines converge to create dynamic stage productions, installations and live art-making events. The first theater on the city’s Northeast side, the Avenue Blackbox provides year-round FREE theatre for kids, address-based sliding scale membership, music and drama workshops, theatre tech training and more.


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