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We don't know what to believe, or who. We don't understand the White House’s motivations or those of the federal government. Paranoia rises while optimism is ground down. What can citizens, readers, writers, and critics do to stem the tide of obfuscation and fear? How can we preserve truth and clarity in a fact-free world?

SUSAN GRIFFIN is a poet, playwright, and philosopher whose books include Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen, and What Her Body Thought.

VANESSA HUA is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of Deceit and Other Possibiities. Her novel, A River of Stars, is will be published by Ballantine in Spring 2018.

ISMAIL MUHAMMAD is a staff writer for the Millions and a contributing editor at ZYZZYVA. His nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Slate, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Catapult. He's currently based in Oakland, where he's working on a Ph.D. in American literature at U.C. Berkeley.

MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry. He’s Editor-at-Large at Wave Books and editor of the poetry page of the New York Times Magazine. His newest book, Why Poetry, will be published by Ecco in August.

OSCAR VILLALON (moderator) is the managing editor at ZYZZYVA.