KPCC, in partnership with Rare Bird Lit and the Program for Torture Victims, presented Susan Rosenberg in conversation with Jason Leopold.
An American Radical: A Political Prisoner In My Own Country
- “On a November night in 1984, Susan Rosenberg sat in the passenger seat of a U-Haul as it swerved along the New Jersey turnpike. At the wheel was a fellow political activist. In the back were 740 pounds of dynamite and assorted guns.”
Rosenberg was convicted of possession of explosives and illicit weapons and sentenced to a 58-year prison term. Rosenberg served 16 of those years before she was pardoned by President Clinton in 2001.
Rosenberg received an M.A. in Writing from Antioch University while in prison, as well as taking graduate courses in creative and expository writing from the University of Iowa. She is an award-winning member of PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) and for the last three years she has been on panels at the PEN World Voices Festival with globally recognized authors.
Jason Leopold is the Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout.org.