Chicago, IL (PressExposure) December 08, 2008 -- The workshop will be facilitated by Donna Kiser, a senior at Columbia College Chicago (CCC), a Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) workshop leader, poet, writer, and mother of an ex-offender. Ms. Kiserâs work has been published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought, Fictionary, and several online journals; and she co-edited a CCC student organization publication titled: Word Curves. She hopes to continue her education in the MFA program at Northwestern University. One of the workshops she facilitates for NWA is hosted at St. Leonardâs House, a re-entry facility for ex-offenders on Chicagoâs West Side. Donna is currently working on an academic study entitled: Mothers of Incarcerated Sons as Invisible Victims: An Intervention.
As the mother of an ex-offender, Ms. Kiser was dramatically changed by the experience. With 40K+ people currently living inside Illinois prisons, Ms. Kiser feels that the population of mothers impacted could be a powerful voice for sociopolitical change.
The workshop meets every Thursday evening from 6-7:30pm at the Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina Street, Room 2 beginning October 16, 2008 through April 16, 2009 with possible extension through December 2009. There is also an online group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MISSspeaks/join