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Help Bring Visiting Writers to Prisons


Dear friends,

Good news! We just got a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board that will allow us to bring prominent visiting writers to every class we teach this year.

However, to take full advantage of this grant, we need to raise $10,000 in matching funds by Nov. 12th. And so we're coming to you, our trusty, fearless, beautiful supporters. Any amount you can give will help bring this wonderful programming to our students. We truly appreciate it.

One of the authors we've secured is award-winning poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, who began writing in prison and went on to earn his MFA, publish a memoir, books of poetry, and become an advocate for juvenile justice reform. Dwayne currently serves on President Obama's Council for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and is a second-year law student at Yale. He will visit one of our classes at Lino Lakes and give a facility-wide reading in the spring. We are beyond excited.
 
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And remember, our annual reading is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 24th at Hamline University. It's the first time our student alumni will read alongside our instructors. Hope to see a lot of you there!

Sincerely,

Peter Pearson
Executive Director
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
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