Authors Lauren Kessler and Nancy Miller Gomez discuss the transformative power of words for prison inmates, at the Manzanita Writers’ Series, at 7 p.m at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday May 18.
Lauren Kessler will read from "A Grip of Time: When Prison is Your Life," based on three years of running writing workshops inside the Oregon State Penitentiary.
Nancy Miller Gomez will read from her poetry chapbook "Punishment," a 2018 Rattle Poetry Chapbook Selection. Gomez teaches poetry workshops to inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison.
Kessler is an award-winning author and immersion reporter who combines lively narrative with deep research. She is the author of ten works of narrative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O magazine, salon.com, Utne Reader and others.
Gomez has a master's degreee from Pacific University. Her work has appeared in River Styx, Rattle, The Bellingham Review, Nimrod and elsewhere.
Kessler will also teach a writing workshop on Making Characters Come Alive during the day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee is $60. The workshop requires a minimum of six attendees; register at https://hoffmanarts.org/events/writing-workshop-character-2019/.
The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center at 594 Laneda Ave.