Clear & Present Stranger: Words from Incarcerated Writers

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2019 4 Dec

Clear & Present Stranger: Words from Incarcerated Writers

Join City of Asylum for an evening featuring and celebrating the work of writers at Pennsylvania state prisons SCI Somerset, Laurel Highlands, and Fayette. Presented by the Pitt Prison Education Project.

The program is designed to call attention to the physical absence of the writers. Centering on issues of social justice, it is a collaborative effort between writers and performers. As much as possible, it is designed to facilitate “conversation” between incarcerated writers—who will be present in words only—and you, the audience. The program will conclude with a Q&A. The event will be video recorded and shared with the incarcerated writers. Pitt undergraduate students will perform the poetry and fiction written by incarcerated writers.
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Pitt Prison Education Project is a collaboration between between Pitt faculty and incarcerated and non-incarcerated students of the University of Pittsburgh. PPEP offers both Inside-Out and inside-only courses. The writing for the evening’s performance was facilitated by Pitt English Department faculty Cory Holding and Shalini Puri with support from the Offices of the Provost and the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.

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The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger.”––Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1919