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The Sentences That Create Us: Writing in Prison and Beyond

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Join PEN America for an intimate conversation between Shaka Senghor and Caits Meissner as they explore writing’s power in prison, and what those of us on the outside can learn from writers who have either experienced or are currently involved in America’s injustice system. Moderated by award-winning novelist and essayist Rachel Kushner.

While incarcerated, reading and writing helped Shaka Senghor understand his past and begin his transformation. His latest book, Letters to the Sons of Society, invites men on a journey of honesty and healing through a collection of beautifully written letters to Shaka’s sons, Jay and Sekou.

The Sentences That Create Us, edited by Caits Meissner – PEN America’s Director of Prison and Justice Writing – is an anthology of original essays from more than fifty contributors that provides a road map for incarcerated people and their allies to have a thriving writing life behind bars and shared beyond them.  

Featured books will be available for sale courtesy of Skylight Books.


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