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Yanglu Chen - 2016-12-08 22:20:19

The creative writing courses that I have taken--in poetry, fiction, screenwriting, and non-fiction--have all convinced me of one thing: that we cannot write about that which we do not know from the inside. Whether I stand with ex-convict and artist Jesse Krimes in the Eastern State Penitentiary, or alone in the 7x9 box organized by Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), I cannot pretend to know the inside of a prison system: not its alienation, nor its conscience, and certainly not justice. I perform regularly as part of a slam poetry community that uses art as a platform for social activism and self-expression by marginalized populations, but I do not hear the voices of the incarcerated. In AAS 200, I hope to learn with, and from, my classmates inside and outside the correctional facility, how creative writing can serve as a impetus for expression, activism, and a much-needed dialogue about prison reform in this challenging time. AUTHOR: Yanglu Chen AUTHOR EMAIL: yangluc@princeton.edu AUTHOR URL: SUBJECT: AAS 200 Course Application IP: 140.180.248.35 Array ( [1_Name] => Yanglu Chen [2_Email] => yangluc@princeton.edu [3_Class Year] => 2017 [4_Do you have DOC clearance for the Spring?] => No [5_Describe why you would like to take AAS 200.] => The creative writing courses that I have taken--in poetry, fiction, screenwriting, and non-fiction--have all convinced me of one thing: that we cannot write about that which we do not know from the inside. Whether I stand with ex-convict and artist Jesse Krimes in the Eastern State Penitentiary, or alone in the 7x9 box organized by Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), I cannot pretend to know the inside of a prison system: not its alienation, nor its conscience, and certainly not justice. I perform regularly as part of a slam poetry community that uses art as a platform for social activism and self-expression by marginalized populations, but I do not hear the voices of the incarcerated. In AAS 200, I hope to learn with, and from, my classmates inside and outside the correctional facility, how creative writing can serve as a impetus for expression, activism, and a much-needed dialogue about prison reform in this challenging time. [entry_title] => AAS 200 ▪︎ Collaborative Learning Exchange: Creative Explorations of Justice (EM) [entry_permalink] => http://aas.princeton.edu/publication/aas-200-%e2%96%aa%ef%b8%8e-collaborative-learning-exchange-creative-explorations-justice/ [feedback_id] => 3b4d45214823f0b93e8a4957efa17016 )