D Watkins (The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir) and Liza Jessie Peterson (All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island) talk about their new books and the writing life.
D Watkins is a columnist for Salon, and his work has been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a Master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He teaches at the University of Baltimore and is founder of the BMORE Writers Project.
Liza Jessie Peterson is an actress, poet, playwright, educator and activist. She has performed her play, The Peculiar Patriot, in more than 35 jails and penitentiaries across the country and has opened for keynote speakers at conferences on mass incarceration. She has appeared in the films Love the Hard Way, Bamboozled, A Drop of Life, and What About Me. She is featured in Ava Duvernay's upcoming Netflix documentary about mass incarceration, 13th.
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