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Manchester City Library Transcribe-athon – October 8th

September 23rd, 2019 · No Comments · City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Do you enjoy typing? Are you looking for a way to bond with other members of the Manchester community and increase access to marginalized voices? Then come to the Manchester City Library’s Transcribe-athon on October 8th from 5-7pm! In an effort to increase access to the marginalized voices, the Manchester City Library will be hosting an event to transcribe essays written by those who are imprisoned, work in the prison system, or volunteer in the prison system through the American Prison Writings Archive. This event is being linked to One Book, One Manchester which is reading Kookooland, a memoir written by Gloria Norris, which includes discussion of incarceration.

Registration is required. Please bring your own laptop. Library laptops will be provided on a first come first serve basis. For more information please contact Becky at 603-624-6550 ext 3320

**You will be able to choose the paper you transcribe, however, please note that many, if not most letters discuss issues that may be unsettling to some, including violence, gang membership, police brutality, mental illness, and past crimes.**

How did APWA get started?

The American Prison Writing Archive (APWA) “evolved from a book project completed in 2014 with the publication of Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America, the largest collection to date of non-fiction writing by currently incarcerated Americans writing about their experience inside. The submission deadline for Fourth City passed in August 2012, yet submissions never ceased. The imperative to build the APWA grew from the clear evidence that, once invited, incarcerated people would not give up the chance to tell their stories. The APWA currently hosts over 1,600 essays, enough work to fill over twenty-two volumes the size of Fourth City (a 338-page, 7″x10” text).”

What is their mission?

“The mission of the APWA is to replace speculation on and misrepresentation of prisons, imprisoned people, and prison workers with first-person witness by those who live and work on the receiving end of American criminal justice.”

What has APWA done so far?

  • 890+ contributing authors
  • 550+ prisons represented
  • 47 states represented

305 essays still need transcription!”

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