Renny Golden is professor emeritus of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University. She is a criminologist, published author and poet, and well-known activist for social rights in Central America. Her publications include, Hour of the Furnace, War on the Family, Disposable Children: America's Child Welfare System, Sanctuary: the New Underground Railroad, Blood Desert Witness, Struggle is the Name for Hope, Dangerous Memories (complete book is on our Social Justice sector) and Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings.
In her own words: My books reflect concerns for those made voiceless or marginalized. I grew up in Chicago on the Southeast side influenced by an Irish grandfather who co-founded Local 399 (originally the ‘Micks’ who shoveled coal into furnaces) and an Irish grandmother who was a seanchai (story-teller).
Renny has received many awards ( http://www.rennygolden.com/Renny_Golden/AWARDS.html ) for her activism and her writing.
Her book, The Hour of the Furnaces with a forward by Dan Berrigan was nominated for the National Book Award.
Ernesto Cardenal called Golden’s narrative poems of the war years in El Salvador & Guatemala one of the best representations of...the poetry of liberation.
Booklist said, Golden brings us news that stays news in an engaged collection of poems portraying martyrs and peasants, mostly from El Salvador. Surprisingly and heroically hopeful.
Kirkus Reviews wrote: These elegies put a face and a name to the suffering in Central America. Golden dramatizes headline-making events with swift and staggering images in this effective ‘poetry of witness.
Gary MacEoin wrote in The National Catholic Reporter that After the Bible, The Hour of the Furnaces is the most subversive book I’ve ever read.
Join us for an engaging presentation and discussion on October 31.