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UHD to Host Public Talk, "The American Prison Writer as Witness" April 16

UHD's Cultural Enrichment Center, Department of English, and the Center for Critical Race Studies invite all members of the UHD community, their families and friends to attend "The American Prison Writer as Witness," a public talk by Doran Larson to be held in the Robertson Auditorium on the 3rd Floor of the Academic Building at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16.

Larson brings to UHD a deep commitment to the public conversation around the difficult subject of mass incarceration; he is a teacher-scholar who transforms both universities and prisons by advocating for the power of creativity, writing, and an open cultural exchange between prisoners and the free world.

Larson is the editor of the recently released Fourth City: Essay from the Prison in America (Michigan State University Press, 2014), the largest collection to date of first-person witness to conditions as they are lived inside America's 2.26 million-person mass-incarceration metropolis. His essays on prison writing, prison teaching, and related issues have appeared in Salmagundi, College Literature, English Language Notes, Radical Teacher, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The (on-line) Atlantic Monthly. He is the editor of "The Beautiful Prison," a special issue of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (UK) in which incarcerated people, prison teachers and critics imagine what the U.S prison would look like if transformed into a constructive institution. Professor Larson has also published two novels, a novella, and over a dozen short stories, in addition to critical essays on American literature and film.

He is professor of English and creative writing at Hamilton College, Leader of the Attica Prison Writers Workshop, and Founder of both the Attica-Genesee Teaching Project and the Mohawk Consortium College-in-Prison Program as well as the creator of the American Prison Writing Archive, a Digital Humanities Initiative.

Contact Chuck Jackson, associate professor of English, with questions or for more information: jacksonchar@uhd.edu.

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