Getting Real with the Guys Behind Bars
Poet, Writer, Teacher
First Friday Network
September 7, 2018
9-11 AM Coco’s, 7887 Madison Avenue, Citrus Heights
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One morning each week, JoAnn Anglin travels 20 miles to the “castle on the hill.” Wearing appropriate clothes, she leaves behind any forbidden items. In her allowed tote she carries lesson plans, prepared for two classes of 8-10 students each. Every lesson she assigns is one that she herself does, whether as homework or as an in-class writing exercise.
A respected figure in the media field for many years and a practicing poet for more than 25, JoAnn teaches poetry at Folsom State Prison. Waving off skeptics and naysayers, JoAnn remains committed to this calling after six years, during which she has come to learn the value of this extraordinary time, not just for her inmate students, but also for herself as a writer, an artist, and a person.
Come hear this seasoned professional talk about her experience with a special clientele whom she has the opportunity to influence and who influence her in return. JoAnn will share some poetry, talk about her own, and also some from her students.
JoAnn Anglin has promoted poetry in schools and at Shriners Children’s Hospital as a coping tool in an unpredictable world. For six years, she co-hosted the monthly PoemSpirits series at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento. She has been a featured poet at bookstores, cafés, galleries and colleges locally and in Modesto, Davis, Woodland, and the Bay area.
For several years, JoAnn copyedited the Greater Sacramento Arts Reporter, writing a regular column on the arts for a bimonthly newsletter. She has written newsletters, brochures, articles, and copy for museums and exhibits. In 2012 she received the District Arts Program Award from Sacramento’s Board of Supervisors and the City Council.
A member of Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol, JoAnn published her first chapbook of poems, Words Like Knives, Like Feathers, three years ago through Rattlesnake Press. Her poems have appeared in 100 Poems about Sacramento, the Anthology of the Third Sunday Poets, The Pagan Muse, Poems of Resistance, Voces del Nuevo Sol, Poetry Now, and The Los Angeles Review. Currently she is working on poems for a collection to be called Double Exposure.
The California Writers Club–Sacramento Branch Networking Meeting is held the first Friday of every month at Coco’s Restaurant, 7887 Madison Avenue, Citrus Heights, at the corner of Madison and Sunrise, starting at 9 a.m. Meetings are free. Attendees pay for their own breakfast.
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