memoir reading
BY kenneth hartman

Friday, April 12 | 6:30PM
Glorya Kaufman Hall | UCLA

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Kenneth E. Hartman is a critically acclaimed writer and prison activist who served thirty-eight years of a life sentence without the possibility of parole before his sentence was commuted in 2017. While incarcerated, Ken penned essays for the New York Times and Harper’s Magazine, won a John Templeton Foundation 2004 Power of Purpose award, and published his 2009 memoir, Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars, which won the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award. As a prison activist, he helped to initiate the Honor Program at the prison in Lancaster, led a prisoner-initiated and organized effort to end the sentence of life without the possibility of parole, co-founded the Board of Trustees of Lifer's Education Fund, and was invited to be a charter member of the National Advisory Board of Californians United for a Responsible Budget. Ken’s reasons for becoming involved with CALL are rooted in his sense of obligation to the cause of prison and criminal justice reform, his desire to be a part of the community, his belief in the power of art to transform lives, and his long connection to the UCLA Law School. We are honored to have him perform a reading of his memoir, which is available for purchase through Amazon Books.