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September 26, 2013

‘Poetry from the Pen’ features works of death row inmates Oct. 1

“Poetry from the Pen,” an interactive program featuring works by death row inmates, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in First Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave.

The free poetry reading and discussion, conducted by Hilary Christie, is sponsored by the church’s Social Action Committee. Both Christie and members of the audience will read poetry aloud.

Christie is a member of Human Writes, an organization that connects its members worldwide with men and women on death row in the United States. She is a scholar of Icelandic literature and of Iceland’s Nobel prize winner, Halldor Laxness and his religious development.

This is Christie’s second visit to Terre Haute. She lives in Scotland and will be in Terre Haute to meet with one of her pen pals who is on death row at the Terre Haute penitentiary.

Christie will speak about restorative justice and the importance of forgiveness and of seeing the humanity in all people. She says that the poetry is very moving because it shows the fears, regrets and sorrow, losses and emotions of the human beings who are hidden away from us and whom we do not know.

“Beyond Bars” is a charity CD Christie has produced with Scottish singer-songwriters that features the writing of condemned men and women and will be available for sale.

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