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March 28, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Copper Queen Library
In anticipation of Richard Shelton's visit to the Copper Queen Library in April, we will be discussing Shelton's memoir, "Crossing the Yard: Thirty Years as a Prison Volunteer." Richard was a young English professor in 1970 when a convict named Charles Schmid—a serial killer dubbed the “Pied Piper of Tucson” in national magazines—shared his brooding verse. But for Shelton, the novelty of meeting a death-row monster became a thirty-year commitment to helping prisoners express themselves. Shelton began organizing creative writing workshops behind bars, and in this gritty memoir he offers up a chronicle of reaching out to forgotten men and women—and of creativity blossoming in a repressive environment.