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Guam Humanities Council to host acclaimed writer Jimmy Santiago Baca

August 15, 2012 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

The Guam Humanities Council will present a literary tour with internationally acclaimed writer Jimmy Santiago Baca as part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Between Fences exhibition and the local companion exhibit I Kelat The Fence. The Council will host a series of readings and discussions with high school and college students, the Department of Youth Affairs, and the Department of Corrections, as well as presentations with the larger public, including a public lecture at the University of Guam on August 28th, and an “Evening with the Author” event at the Salon, Hyatt Regency Guam on August 30th.

In March 2012, the Guam Humanities Council opened the first Between Fences exhibit on the island. GHC also worked with historian Christine Taitano DeLisle, PhD to develop a Guam focused companion exhibition and associated programs entitled I Kelat The Fence: Historical Perspectives on Guam’s Changing Landscape. Guam’s political history, economy and culture are examined through the fences present in the local landscape.

Jimmy Santiago Baca is an internationally known poet, memoirist, and novelist best known for his memoir A Place to Stand, winner of the 2001 International Prize, which tells the story of his life before, during, and after his time in a maximum security prison. Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship, particularly at risk youth. He has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries, and universities throughout the country.