March 31: On the Same Page: Voices of Incarcerated Youth – Free Minds Poetry Reading & Community Dialogue

Hill Center, Free Minds, and PEN/Faulkner Logo
On the Same Page: Voices of Incarcerated Youth
Free Minds Poetry Reading & Community Dialogue 
Monday, March 31st at 7 p.m. 
Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003 [Map]
Free | Register for Tickets Here

Please join us for an evening of poetry and community dialogue brought to you by Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop and  PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program. Come hear formerly incarcerated youth share their experiences at the DC Jail and in federal prison and express their personal stories of change through poetry. A moderated discussion on the root causes of youth incarceration and community solutions will follow. By bringing everyone on the same page, we create a stronger, healthier community.

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.  Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.  This mirrors the mission of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools, which works to foster an active and thoughtful next generation of readers by bringing professional writers and their recent works directly into DC classrooms for discussions about literature and life.  In the past two years, Free Minds and PEN/Faulkner have teamed up to blend these two programs, bringing Free Minds writers who are home from prison into high school classrooms to read and discuss their own poetry and experiences with local students.  This evening gives Free Minds and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation the opportunity to extend this work out into the broader community. 

On The Same Page: Voices of Incarcerated Youth is made possible by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.


Episode 25: Molly McCloskey & Lisa Page

 McCloskey Page Hill Center Reading3

Episode 25 brings you an installment of the Hill Center PEN/Faulkner literary reading series that took place on January 29th, 2014. This collaboratively produced reading series takes place at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital in Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The reading featured author Molly McCloskey in conversation with DC writer and PEN/Faulkner board member Lisa Page. 

Molly McCloskey is an American writer who has lived in Ireland since 1989. Her fiction has won the RTE Francis MacManus Award (1995) and the inaugural Fish Short Story Prize (1996). Her stories have been included in Faber & Faber’s Best New Irish Short Story anthologies. In 2009, another of her short stories, “This Isn’t Heaven” was selected by Richard Ford as one of the prize-winning stories in the 2009 Davy Byrne’s Irish Writing Award and was anthologized in Davy Byrne’s Stories. Her first work of non-fiction, a memoir concerning her brother Mike, who suffers from schizophrenia, is entitled Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother. It was named by The Sunday Times (UK) as its Memoir of the Year for 2011.

Lisa Page is Acting Director of Creative Writing at George Washington University and a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post Book WorldPlayboy,Washingtonian,Savoy and the Chicago Tribune among other publications. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the anthologies, Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Write About RaceGravity Dancers, and Dream Me Home Safely. She is a regular guest on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show Reader’s Review. She is a member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s board of directors, and its former president.

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April 25, 2014: Rebecca Mead in Conversation with Hanna Rosin & Margaret Talbot at Hill Center

Rebecca Mead (upper right), Hanna Rosin (lower left), and Margaret Talbot (lower right)

Hill Center & PEN/Faulkner Present:
A Reading and Conversation with Rebecca Mead
Author of My Life in Middlemarch
In Conversation with Hanna Rosin & Margaret Talbot
Friday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m.
Free | Register Here

Rebecca Mead is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of My Life in Middlemarch and One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot’s Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read and reread Middlemarch. The novel, which Virginia Woolf famously described as “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people,” offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not.

In this wise and revealing work of biography, reporting, and memoir, Rebecca Mead leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. Employing a structure that deftly mirrors that of the novel, My Life in Middlemarch takes the themes of Eliot’s masterpiece–the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure–and brings them into our world. Offering both a fascinating reading of Eliot’s biography and an exploration of the way aspects of Mead’s life uncannily echo that of Eliot herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us.

Hanna Rosin is the author of the recent book The End of Men. A senior editor at The Atlantic, she has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, The New Republic, and The Washington Post, among other publications.

Margaret Talbot has been a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, where she covers culture and politics, since 2003. Her first book, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and my Father’s Twentieth Century, recounts the story of her father’s (stage and screen actor Lyle Talbot) exceptionally long and varied career from 1931-1960.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Those who have registered for the event must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start time to guarantee their spot. At that time, remaining seats will be released to those who are on the wait list. Once the guests on the wait list have been seated, any walk-ins will be shown their seats.

Tickets are free and can be reserved here.