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September Thursday

Virtual Program | The Prisoner, The Poet, The Returning Citizen: Witnessing the Carceral State


In celebration of the publication of {#298-128}: POEMS, Randall Horton’s eagerly anticipated fourth book of poetry, Brooklyn Historical Society presents a reading and discussion exploring the power of poetry to lay bare prison’s dehumanizing effects.

Join three writers whose raw, heart-wrenching works speak firsthand to our broken system of mass incarceration: Horton, who is now a tenured Full Professor of English at the University of New Haven; Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of Felon and Bastards of the Reagan Era; and poet Louise K Waakaa’igan, recently released from Minnesota’s Shakopee Correctional Institution and author of This is Where. The evening weaves together poetry readings, audience questions, and candid conversation about trauma, expression, healing, and the intersection of activism and literature. Moderated by Caits Meissner, PEN America’s program director for prison and justice writing.

{#289-128}: POEMS is available at Community Bookstore in hardcover and paperback.

This program was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Thursday, September 10, 2020

7:00 pm

Virtual Program via Zoom Webinar


  • Free Free
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