Strange Fruit group reading Poems on the Death Penalty
This afternoon’s group reading features contributors to Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty (Wildflower Press), an anthology of poetry edited by Sarah Zale and Terry Persun. “For poets of activism, compassion and empathy for individuals on death row, and for those directly affected by their crimes, is not enough. It is hoped that the emotions evoked by the poems within these pages prompt the reader to self-reflection and action for social change.”-from the Introduction.
Today’s readers include Norma Bishop, Summer Brenner, Sharon Carter, Nancy Fowler, Ed Harkness, Terry Persun, Sally Hedges-Blanquez, Adria Libolt, Esther Altshul Helfgott, Bill Mawhinney, Mark Valentine, Deborah Wiese and poet/cover artist James Murphy. Co-presented with Books To Prisoners. BTP donates books to more than 10,000 people in prisons across the country every year, and the #1 request made each year is for a dictionary--over 2,000 annually.
Attendees are asked to bring a new, softcover pocket dictionary to donate to Books to Prisoners’ dictionary drive.
New dictionaries will be available for purchase and donation at this event.