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For the first time ever, Katherine Ann Power will reveal her experiences as a 1960’s-era radical, fugitive and prisoner which are detailed in her forthcoming book, “Surrender.”
A reading and discussion of the book will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Taos Community Auditorium.
The event is presented by Nighthawk Press and SOMOS, the literary society of Taos.
Power, a Denver native, will talk about her evolution from student activist against the Vietnam War, to guerrilla warrior, to fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, to prisoner, penitent, and now, practical peace catalyst. Power was the getaway driver for a bank robbery gone bad in 1970.
A student protester at Brandeis, she joined a group willing to take radical action against the Vietnam War. But things went wrong when an Irish policeman and father of nine was shot and killed during the robbery. Power fled and lived underground for 23 years before surrendering in 1993.
Power served six years in Framingham Prison (Framingham, Mass.) and has just completed 20 years of probation.
She is now free to tell her story, which she is sharing in Taos. “I’ve not yet been to Taos but I believe it is a place that will understand and respond to my story,” Power said. “I’ve always known Taos to be a place of creativity, that values the arts, and a spiritual place. It feels like the right place to start speaking out again.”
“SOMOS is honored to host Katherine Ann Power’s first discussion since the end of a 20-year silence in which she was forbidden to benefit in any way from talking about her life,” said Kristina Ortez de Jones, Executive Director of SOMOS.
“Her story is fascinating and thought-provoking.”
To Power, the Vietnam War remains a significant piece of unfinished business in American history even 40 years after its official end. Power’s very public journey presents a dramatic view into the process of facing her own history and, in that context, offers an opportunity to explore the nation’s history and unresolved conflicts as well.
Power will read from her upcoming memoir, “Surrender,” as well as from a published book of poems, essays and remembrances from “Doing Time,” written during her six years of incarceration and recently re-published by Nighthawk Press.
Tickets for the reading and discussion with Power are $15 or $12 for SOMOS members and are available at the Taos Community Auditorium or at SOMOS. For more information, email email@example.com or call 575-758-0081.
Taos Community Auditorium is located at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.