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Poetry, Race, and Policing: A Community Conversation

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Lighthouse Writers Workshop

1515 Race Street

Denver, CO 80206

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"Everywhere were flashes, a siren sounding and a stretched-out roar. Get on the ground. Get on the ground now. Then I just knew. And you are not the guy and still you fit the description because there is only one guy who is always the guy fitting the description."

So writes Claudia Rankine in her award-winning book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric.

As part of the Denver Talks Series, the Citizen Oversight Board will host a conversation inspired by Rankine’s text, with a focus on race in policing and incarceration. Bill de la Cruz, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Denver Public Schools, will facilitate.

Denver Talks is a collaboration between Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the City and County of Denver, and NEA Big Read. Its goal is to spark a citywide conversation about race, social justice, and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric.

Wine, beer, and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your copy of Citizen.

*Arrive as early as 5:00pm for drinks, bites, and social conversation. Facilitated discussion will occur from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Limited parking is available in the Lighthouse Writers Workshop parking lot, adjacent the building. Street parking is also available. Please do not park in the Illegal Pete's parking lot across the street, as your car is liable to be towed. Public transportation is availbable via the Route 15 East Colfax Bus.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No.

Is this facility ADA accessible?

This venue is a turn-of-the-century Victorian home and may not be accessible for all guests. The location involves negotiating at least one flight of stairs. Please contact cob@denvergov.org for additional accessibility information/questions.

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