He was a slumbering man.
—the opening sentence of King Grossman’s novel Letters to Alice
As a participant in Occupy Wall Street at Freedom Square in Washington DC, Occupy the Word founder King Grossman walked to and from the square among people who were inside and outside the movement, and at some point it occurred to him: There is no “them.” We are all part of the ninety-nine percent—even the one percenters, as they will fall right along with the rest of us if nonviolent transformation of our society does not take place.
During his extended time at Occupy, a centrally profound question formed in King’s mind that he wanted people to grapple with: Which is more risky in a system we suspect deep down is broken beyond repair, keeping your head lowered and moving to and fro—from work to friends to family to vocation to recreation—or heading into the public square along with other recovering slumberers, and daring to occupy?
Inspired by his ongoing love of writing and his experience with the Occupy movement, King founded Occupy the Word in an effort to help emerging writers “occupy” the world of writing and do their part in nonviolently changing the status quo into a sustainable cooperative community. With that central tenet in mind, Occupy the Word seeks to help unpublished and under-published authors bring their writing into the open and thereby give voice to a generation of writers that might otherwise go unheard.