One Book, One Community Writing Workshops: September 3, 10, 17; 4-6 p.m.
Professor Anita Skeen, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MSU
Near the end of his Pulitzer Prize winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond writes that it is possible for us to live in a different society than we do today, one where poverty and economic injustice are both shameful and unnecessary, if we can realize the possible solutions that are within our collective reach. “But those solutions depend upon how we answer a single question: do we believe that the right to a decent home is part of what it means to be an American?” As he follows and writes about eight families in Milwaukee who struggle to find livable housing, we come to understand that poverty is a relationship involving rich and poor alike, and that poverty is both a cause and a circumstance of one of our country’s most insidious problems.
In this workshop, we will consider these issues. Through reading, writing, and stories of personal experience, we will share our understanding about how lives are impacted by our relationship to home, community, race, gender, and economic stability.
Please note that the writing workshop occurs on three consecutive Tuesdays: September 3, 10 and 17 at the East Lansing Public Library.
There will also be a participant reading sessions on Tuesday, September 24, from 7-9pm at (SCENE) Metrospace in downtown East Lansing.