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Poetry, Race, and Policing: A Community Conversation

February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“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.

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


February 2
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race St
Denver, CO 80206 United States
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