2/26 The Bridge Series w/ Boggess, Conley, Rudolph, Spencer @ Ace Hotel

 

7 PM WEDNESDAY, February 26…

Our next Bridge reading, titled “Justice, Inc.,” focuses on justice for incarcerated people. The $5 suggested donation at the door will help to support CADBI-West, the Western Pennsylvania arm of the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, and featured authors/speakers are Ace Boggess, Martha Richards Conley, Cedric Rudolph, and Holly Spencer.

CADBI-West is a newer part of a statewide group founded in 2015 that advocates for the 5,000+ individuals serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. CADBI seeks measures that enhance parole eligibility and reduce the likelihood of individuals dying in prison.

Speaking on behalf of CADBI-West will be Martha Richards Conley, the first African-American female graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the first admitted to practice law in Allegheny County. She was employed by the United States Steel Corporation for 27 years and retired as a senior general attorney. Conley is a long-time opponent of the death penalty and co-chairs Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty–Pittsburgh. She is an official visitor of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and has been visiting death row inmates for approximately 19 years. She was honored to escort Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to visit Mumia Abu-Jamal on death row in 2007. A former member of the Board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Conley was elected to its Honorary Board in 2014 and the statewide board in 2018.

Ace Boggess is author of five books of poetry—Misadventure, I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, Ultra Deep Field, The Prisoners, and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled—and the novels States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody. His writing appears in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Mid-American Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He has received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. Boggess lives in Charleston, West Virginia. His sixth collection, Escape Envy, is forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press in 2021.

Cedric Rudolph teaches middle school writers at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school (CAPA). He is a contributing editor for The Fruit Tree, a LGBT+ journal of prose and poetry. He is also a founding editor for Beautiful Cadaver, which publishes social justice-themed anthologies and stages theatrical performances. In May 2018, he received his Poetry Master of Fine Arts from Chatham University. His poems are published in Christianity and Literature Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, and The Laurel Review.

Holly Spencer lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her three dogs and two cats. She attends Chatham University’s grad program as the Words Without Walls Fellowship awardee. She has been published in Jet Fuel Review, Pink Panther Magazine, Feckless C*nt Anthology, F(r)iction Literary Magazine, and Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Just Me?, an anthology on being a woman over forty, among others. Her flash nonfiction “Regret: In Seasons” is forthcoming in Barren Magazine. In 2016, her creative nonfiction piece, “Stuck,” was nominated by Jet Fuel Review for The Best of the Net.

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