DAMIEN ECHOLS AND LORRI DAVIS
7:30 p.m. UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall. Free.
Ever had that nightmare where you’re accused of a murder you didn’t commit and sentenced to prison after a spectacular, Kafkaesque show-trial so biased that calling it a kangaroo court might be an insult to actual kangaroos? I have that one all the time.
Your correspondent’s guilty conscience aside, now’s your chance to come listen to the insight of a man who lived just such a nightmare for 18 years, when Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three and his wife Lorri Davis come to UCA in Conway at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 for a free public reading from Echols’ 2012 memoir “Life After Death,” at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.
Echols, who spent almost two decades in solitary confinement, will also teach a private class to UCA creative writing students that day as part of the school’s Artist in Residence program. It will be Echols’ first return to Arkansas since his release from Death Row in August 2011. Admission to the reading is free, but you must have a ticket — available from the Reynolds Box Office on the UCA campus – and there’s a limit of two tickets per person.
As of Monday of this week, a very limited number of tickets for the reading were still available, but we hear they’re going fast so you might want to call soon. Tickets may be ordered in advance by calling 501-450-3265 or 866-810-0012. A note before you go: all audience members will be scanned with a metal detector before entry, and no bags, backpacks, purses or video recording by audience members will be allowed inside the hall.