Captivating Conversations: Prison Poetry
Join the Old Idaho Penitentiary for a Captivating Conversation with Boise State University Professor Dora Ramirez and Old Idaho Penitentiary Staff Member Dona Ochoa to discuss the history of prison poetry and personal writing by those affected by incarceration. Free to all attendees.
Dr. Dora Ramirez is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at Boise State University in the Department of Sociology. She holds a doctorate in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on the way language creates polarization in a racialized society in contemporary United States culture.
Dona Ochoa is a local poet and one of the founders of Boise Spoken Word Collective, which aims to share and highlight community voices in a safe space. They take inspiration from Idaho’s natural environment and combine modern concerns and observations with natural imagery. Dona is currently working projects with Boise Spoken Word and compiling a book of their poetry to share with the world.
Moderator: Jacey Brain, Education Specialist and Visitor Services Coordinator, Old Idaho Penitentiary, Idaho State Historical Society.
Time: Thursday, July 25, 6pm-7pm. Participants will receive a Zoom link via email to join the event.
“Captivating Conversations” is an ongoing lecture series, hosted by the Old Idaho Penitentiary and featuring a variety of guest speakers and topics ranging from the history of the Idaho State Penitentiary to the issues facing correctional institutions today.