Telling Our Stories:
Readings from San Quentin’s Brothers in Pen
We will meet at Pier 33 at noon on Sunday, May 18 and ride over together on the 12:30 ferry. Your reservation will include your ferry ride. Once we’re on the island, we’ll walk up to the “Telling Our Stories” art exhibit featuring current San Quentin Prison Arts Project artwork, writing samples, and photos of inmate writers by Peter Merts. The walk-through the exhibit will be guided by teachers currently working inside San Quentin. After the exhibit, our group will go to the Cellblock Dining Hall for a 2-3 PM reading of Brothers-in-Pen stories by former inmates and me (Zoe Mullery). Question and answer time will follow.
After the reading, you are free to explore the island; boats return approximately every 30 minutes with the last boat leaving at 6:30.
“…let these stories, these poems, these testimonies, these songs from behind bars, serve ever to remind us of the people we are locking up—men and women who are, for all that they have done and that has been done to them, our brothers and sisters. Let these writings serve ever to remind us of the distance we have yet to travel, as a society, as a race. Let these words keep us company; let them comfort us; let them guide us and teach us and warn us and scold us; let these words remind us of who we are and who we could be, until that astonishing day dawns when we are ready to take that first step out of darkness and into light.”
– Junot Díaz, Foreword to the anthology “Brothers in Pen: Six Cubic Feet”
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