Poet and community activist Jimmy Santiago Baca – who was a runaway at 13, served a five-year maximum security prison sentence and emerged from lock-up in 1979 as a writer – comes to Tucson for a reading, and a screening of the documentary based on his 2002 memoir "A Place to Stand," with a Q & A to follow. 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
Lauded by the Associate Press for “his raw poetry and vivid essays that seek to capture the experience of Mexican-Americans and American Indians in the Southwest,” Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond.
He has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries and universities throughout the country.Baca is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and, for his memoir "A Place to Stand," the prestigious International Award.