Seraphina Halpern

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Seraphina Halpern is a Summer 2021 Prison and Justice Writing intern. Halpern is a rising second-year student at The University of Chicago, where she is prospectively double majoring in anthropology and creative writing. She creates for UChicago’s Fire Escape Films production company and Catcher in The Rhyme spoken word collective. She dreams of a post-pandemic world where, among many other things, she gets to go camping on the weekends with her friends. In her hometown of Philadelphia, she led Sister Circle, an intersectional feminism initiative at her high school, while facilitating meetings for Poetry Club and performing onstage in theater productions and a jazz band. Her interest in the capacity of art to power personal and social transformation was born there and has only grown since.

Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.