Jim Reese

Jim Reese
Topics: Literature, Prison Reform, South Dakota, Writing
Communities: Yankton
Program Types: Speakers Bureau

Writer, Editor, Prison Advocacy
Mount Marty College
Yankton, SD
james.reese@mountmarty.edu | (605) 668-1362

Connecting with the Criminal in Your Classroom - 12 Years in Prison and What Inmates Teach Me
There are approximately 2.2 million Americans behind bars. The U.S. accounts for five percent of the world's population, and twenty-five percent of its inmates. Each year, more than 600,000 inmates are released from federal and state prisons, and another 11.4 million individuals cycle through local jails. Around seventy million Americans have some sort of criminal record— almost one in three Americans of working age (White House). Reese is one of five artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts inter-agency initiative with the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons. He established Yankton Federal Prison Camp's first creative writing workshop and publishing course, editing a yearly journal, 4 P.M. Count, which features creative writing and visual artwork by inmates. His presentation provides current and historical context about incarceration in the United States and examines the effects of programs like his.

Writers' Workshop — Get Published Now
Learn how to craft your own work from an established professional. "Get Published Now" is a hybrid writing workshop where participants spend time generating ideas and discussing real methods on how to get published in today's market. The workshop features an informal conversation with Reese, an award-winning working writer/editor/publisher who discusses craft, publishing and the writing life. The workshop is an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to learn about publishing and to meet directly with an editor and publisher.