This poetry reading took place on January 31, 2010 at the Flying Squirrel Community Center in Rochester, NY.
In 2001, Jalil started a poetry
class under the auspices of the Lifers Committee, which at that time had
just completed a sociology class that he initiated. Ms. Patricia R. Schwartz,
a poet, agreed to come into Auburn and be the volunteer facilitator for the
class. She has been faithfully facilitating the class for nine years. These
videos were produced by friends of Ms. Schwartz in support of the prisoners
of Auburn's poetry class; the readings are from a compilation of the prisoners'
poetry, a book that is dedicated to Jalil.
The original DVD was very dark, so we apologize if these videos are somewhat dark.