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He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard

Author Leslea Newman comes to the USF Tampa Library Wednesday, October 1.


Author Leslea Newman comes to the USF Tampa Library Wednesday, October 1st at 2pm to share an important message. This program uses poetry, photographs, and creative visualization to explore the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world.

In 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, robbed, beaten, and murdered in Laramie, Wyoming. Lesléa Newman was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming that year, and arrived on campus the day that Matthew Shepard died from this horrendous hate crime. She spoke to a devastated campus and community, and vowed to work to erase hate from that day forward.

Her book, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard explores the impact of Matt's murder in a cycle of 68 poems. Written as fictional monologues in a variety of voices including the fence Matt was tied to, the stars that watched over him, and the doe who kept him company, this powerful presentation challenges audience members to look deep inside themselves and find a way to make a difference to create a safe world for everyone.

Lesléa Newman is also the author of the well-known book, Heather Has Two Mommies.

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