Spring Schulze Speaker Series Concludes with Award-Winning Poet March 29

Jimmy Santiago Baca

UNC's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series concludes its spring schedule when Jimmy Santiago Baca, an award-winning poet and writer who learned to read and write in prison, presents "The Poetics of Justice, Hope and Social Change" from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Zachariah's Food Court in the University Center. This location is a change from what appears on some posters for the event.

After being abandoned by his parents and raised by his grandparents and foster parents, at 13 Baca dropped out of school and began a life on the streets. After being sentenced to five years in a maximum-security prison at 21 on drug and firearms-related charges, he turned his life around, learning to read and write and discovering that he had a passion for poetry.

Baca is the winner of the American Book Award, the National Poetry Award and the International Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature. His 2001 memoir, A Place To Stand, received the prestigious International Award.

Baca has devoted his life after prison to writing and teaching others who are working to overcome hardships. He's directed writing workshops at prisons, community centers, libraries and universities throughout the United States.

More information about Baca is available on his website: http://www.jimmysantiagobaca.com/

For more information on his appearance at UNC, contact Jonathan Alcantar at 831-345-7988 or jonathan.alcantar@unco.edu.