Gregory Sale and Richard Shelton Host An Inside/Outside Prison Writing Workshop at ASU Art Museum

Gregory Sale hosts an event during his residency, "It's Not Just Black and White"
Gregory Sale hosts an event during his residency, "It's Not Just Black and White"
Photo by John Spiak

If you're looking for Gregory Sale's latest installment in the ASU Art Museum, just walk down the stairs, take a left, and look for the stripes.

Sale's in the fifth week of his residency -- part of the museum's Social Studies series -- and writes that his project, It's Not Just Black And White, aims to "host dialogue about modern criminal justice in a process-oriented context that allows visitors to participate and witness the artistic process while it unfolds."

Tuesday night, Sale invites writer Ken Lamberton, poet and UA professor Erec
Toso
, and poet and UA Regents Professor Richard Shelton to host an Inside/Outside Prison Writing Workshop.

The session will feature the writers reading about their experiences (past and present) with the criminal justice system as convicts and prison workers, and will also include writing exercises and workshops for the public.

Photo by Stephen Gittins, Courtesy of Gregory Sale
Photo by Stephen Gittins, Courtesy of Gregory Sale

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow won't be the first time Lamberton and Shelton work together. Shelton's volunteered with the Arizona state prison complex for 30 years, and coached Lamberton in 1989.

Lamberton was in prison after having a relationship and running away with one of his students, who was a minor. He shared his story and experiences during the time in Redemption Song by former New Times writer Megan Irwin, in which he says Shelton's workshop changed his life. Lamberton's since written three books about his experiences in the justice system.

The workshop, co-sponsored by the U of A Poetry Center will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the ASU Art Museum at 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. It's open and free to the public.

Sale is also planning upcoming guided tours of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Tent City Jail on Wednesday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m., as well as on Saturday, March 19; Wednesday, April 6; Saturday, April 23; and Wednesday, May 4.

For more information, visit Sale's official project website and the ASU Art Museum website.


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