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<p><strong>The 2011 PEN Prison Writing Program Fundraiser</strong><br />
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            <p>November 9, 2011 | The National Arts Club | New York City<br />
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            With Cara Benson, Hettie Jones,&nbsp;Randall Horton,&nbsp;John Paul Infante,&nbsp;Claudia Menza, Marie Ponsot, Susan Rosenberg, Jackson Taylor,&nbsp; Tiphanie Yanique, and other special guests<br />
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PEN Members and special guests gather for a reading of award-winning prose and poetry from the PEN Prison Writing Contest. Proceeds from the event help ensure that PEN&rsquo;s hallmark program continues to promote the restorative and rehabilitative power of writing by providing hundreds of inmates with skilled writing mentors, free Handbooks for Writers in Prison, and a forum where inmates are encouraged to use the written word as a legitimate form of power.<br />
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This event features a special reading of poems and prose by incarcerated men and women everywhere from El Paso to Riker&rsquo;s Island, from Ft. Leavenworth to San Diego. <br />
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<strong>In 2011, PEN&rsquo;s Prison Writing Program:</strong><br />
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&bull; Distributed more than 8,000 copies of the PEN Handbook for Writers in Prison free of charge to men and women serving sentences throughout the United States<br />
&bull; Connected over 100 mentors with writers in prison for one-on-one instruction<br />
&bull; Judged over 1,500 manuscripts in our Prison Writing Contest<br />
&bull; Reprinted an Anthology Doing Time, with a new forward</p>