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Poet/Author Jimmy Santiago Baca Spoke, Read from His Works, Held Workshops at MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus March 5

March 5, 2015

Author, poet and screenplay writer Jimmy Santiago Baca spoke and read from his works  March 5 in Milwaukee Area Technical College's Cooley Auditorium at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. Baca, who survived a very difficult childhood and taught himself to read and write while imprisoned in his early 20s, also held workshops for students and signed copies of his books during his visit to the college. His poetry collection Singing at the Gates was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Baca’s works focus on social justice and individuals who are overlooked and cast aside by society. He addresses education, injustice, addiction and the importance of community.

Baca has received the International Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the American Book Award for poetry and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature. His challenging childhood and experience in prison is the basis for his memoir, poems, essays, stories and screenplay. His bestselling memoir, A Place to Stand, recently was released as a film documentary.

His visit was co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation, Inc., Express Yourself Milwaukee and Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Express Yourself Milwaukee also held a fundraising event  and screening of the film “A Place to Stand” with Baca at the Oriental Theatre March 5.