Common Ground

A Little Piece of Light: Donna Hylton

Donna Hylton with JoAnne Page


12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9:30 a.m. Pacific

Criminal justice activists Donna Hylton and JoAnne Page sit down for a conversation on alternatives to incarceration. We conclude with a reading of Galal El-Behairy’s ‘A Letter from Tora Prison’ by Pierre Joris.

In this talk

Find A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound (Hachette Books 2018) by Donna Hylton here →

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Donna Hylton

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Women’s rights activist, criminal justice reform advocate, author and accomplished public speaker, Donna Hylton spent 27 years behind bars, including two and a half in solitary confinement. After her release from prison, she founded A Little Piece of Light, an organization named after her memoir which advocates for the rights of system-impacted women and helps them re-enter society after incarceration. She is a founding member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls and an alumna of the first cohort of Leading with Conviction Fellows of JustLeadershipUSA.

JoAnne Page

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JoAnne Page
Criminal justice activist JoAnne Page has more than 45 years’ experience in criminal justice, with the last 30+ at the helm of The Fortune Society. Under her stewardship, The Fortune Society has been recognized by researchers and policymakers as a pioneer in assisting former prisoners reintegrate into society—serving more than 8,000 people annually through programs including ATI, permanent, supportive and scattered site housing, mental health services, education, employment services, substance abuse treatment, counseling, care management, a recovery center, and HIV/AIDS health services. In 2018 JoAnne was honored by City & State New York as one of the top 50 nonprofit CEOs in NYC.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Pierre Joris reading.

Pierre Joris

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Pierre Joris has moved between Europe, the US & North Africa for 55 years, publishing over 80 books of poetry, essays, translations & anthologies — most recently Interglacial Narrows (Poems 1915-2021) & Always the Many, Never the One: Conversations In-between, with Florent Toniello, both from Contra Mundum Press. In 2020 his two final Paul Celan translations came out: Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: The Collected Earlier PoetryMicroliths They are, Little Stones: Posthumous Prose. In 2019 Spuyten Duyvil published Arabia (not so) Deserta(Essays on Maghrebi & Mashreqi literature). Other recent works include A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly , & Conversations in the Pyrenees with Adonis .

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