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12 Years in Prison and What Criminals Teach Me

Join local author Jim Reese for an informative presentation on writing and prison advocacy. This program will run via Zoom this Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm. Registration required:

Reese works as an artist-in-residence as part of the National Endowment for the Arts inter-agency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons. He established the first creative writing workshop and publishing course for Yankton Federal Prison Camp, and edits the yearly journal, ‘4 P.M. Count,’ which features creative writing and visual artwork by prison inmates.

This presentation will give attendees current and historical context about incarceration in the United States, while examining the effects of programs like his. Jim will also discuss his new book, ‘Bone Chalk,’ a collection of essays about Midwestern life that captures the disparity between urban and rural America.

Jim Reese is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues across the country, from the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to San Quentin Prison in California.

Register at: to access the Zoom session, hosted by the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Please register by October 14th, 2020.