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Saturday, October 20 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Beat Within: Voices Behind Bars

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Since 1996, The Beat Within has been leading writing and conversation workshops in juvenile and adult correctional facilities in and outside California. From these workshops we publish the work of these talented and thoughtful participants.  We’ll read some extraordinary recent submissions

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Kathy Ellison

Author, journalist & workshop leader, Ink, Inc.
I'm a former foreign correspondent, freelance journalist, and author and co-author of ten non-fiction books, on subjects ranging from Imelda Marcos to environmental conservation to ADHD. I'm passionate about the power of writing to change minds and hearts.
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David Inocencio

founder and director, The Beat Within
The Beat Within was founded in San Francisco, (1996) when San Francisco native, David Inocencio, former assistant director of the Detention Diversion Advocacy Program, teamed up with Pacific News Service, a non-profit media/communications organization, to offer writing workshops to... Read More →
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I'm just tryna make sense
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Riley Thompson

I'm a high school student, writer and activist, energized by the pursuit of social justice. I became involved with The Beat over a year ago, and have continued to work with them in many capacities, including working with them to organize and facilitate a poetry night by means of a... Read More →
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Jill Wolfson

I'm a journalist and novelist who writes often about children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. A long-time fan of The Beat Within who has been facilitating workshops in Santa Cruz juvenile hall for more than 20 years.
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Zach Wyner

I'm a writer and educator living in El Cerrito, CA. My debut novel, What We Never Had, was published by Rare Bird Books in 2016. I received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco and have published work with The Good Men Project, Atticus Review, Curly Red... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT