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Peterson, Liza (1732121)
Peterson, Liza (1732121)

Liza Jessie Peterson

LIZA JESSIE PETERSON has worked with incarcerated youth-both male and female-in various capacities for eighteen years as a teaching artist, poet-in-residence, NYC Board of Education full-time GED teacher, re-entry specialist, outreach coordinator, and most recently as a program counselor with the NYC Department of Corrections. She appeared on two seasons of HBO's groundbreaking Def Poetry and was featured in Ava Duvernay's critically acclaimed film The 13th. Her one-woman stage play, The Peculiar Patriot, toured in more than thirty-five penitentiaries across the country and the full production is scheduled to premiere in New York in Fall 2017. Liza is currently a freelance writer and actress living in Brooklyn.


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All Day

All Day

by Liza Jessie Peterson

ALL DAY is a behind-the-bars, personal glimpse into the issue of mass incarceration via an unpredictable, insightful and ultimately hopeful reflection on teaching teens while they await sentencing.

Told with equal parts raw honesty and unbridled compassion, ALL DAY recounts a year in Liza Jessie Peterson's classroom at Island ...

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