Join us in Room LL430/431 at 4 pm on Monday, April 16 for a presentation by Lesléa Newman on "He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard." Book signing to follow.
The Story of Matthew Shepard. Kidnapped, beaten, tortured and left to die on a fence near Laramie, Matt Shepard’s murder propelled new legislation to address hate crimes – and inspired a host of creative works exploring the response to his death. Just days after Matthew’s death, award winning author and LGBT activist, Lesléa Newman gave a keynote address for Gay Awareness week at the University of Wyoming. Afterwards, profoundly impacted by the events and the response of the audience, she created a collection of poetry, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, which decades later is still a powerful and enduring tribute to this young man’s life.
In this presentation, “He Continues to Make a Difference,” Lesléa Newman uses poetry, photographs, and creative visualization, to remind audience members that we all can—and must—make a difference to create a safe world for everyone.
Lesléa Newman is the author of sixty books for adults and children including the groundbreaking children’s classic, Heather Has Two Mommies and the award-winning short story collection, A Letter to Harvey Milk. While several of her titles have been banned or challenged by legislatures and parents wanting to remove them from library shelves, she has received multiple awards and recognition for her work, including the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, the Continuing the Legacy of Stonewall Award, and the Hachamat Lev Award for her “enduring commitment to justice and full inclusion for LGBT people in the Jewish community and beyond.” A past poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, Lesléa was awarded poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.
The lecture is sponsored by the Library and Information Access, and is free and open to the public. University parking information.