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Join us at The University Club of Chicago for a Talk About Keri Blakinger’s book “Corrections in Ink” in Conversation With WTTW’s Brandis Friedman | Oct 26th 5pm CST

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Oct 26th | 5pm CST

Corrections in Ink | Keri Blakinger

The University Club of Chicago | 76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603




An elite, competitive figure skater growing up, Keri Blakinger poured herself into the sport, even competing at nationals. But when her skating partnership ended abruptly, her world shattered. With all the intensity she saved for the ice, she dove into self-destruction. From her first taste of heroin, the next nine years would be a blur–living on the streets, digging for a vein, selling drugs and sex, eventually plunging off a bridge when it all became too much, all while trying to hold herself together enough to finish her degree at Cornell. Then, on a cold day during Keri’s senior year, the police stopped her.

Caught with a Tupperware container full of heroin, she was arrested and ushered into a holding cell, a county jail, and finally into state prison. There, in the cruel upside down,” Keri witnessed callous conditions and encountered women from all walks of life–women who would change Keri forever. Two years later, Keri walked out of prison sober and determined to make the most of the second chance she was given–an opportunity impacted by her privilege as a white woman.

She scored a local reporting job and eventually moved to Texas, where she started covering nothing other than: prisons. Now, over her career as an award-winning journalist, she has dedicated herself to exposing the broken system as only an insider could. Not just a story about getting out and getting off drugs, this rich memoir is about finding redemption within yourself, as well as from the outside world, and the power of second chances.

Written in a searing voice, Corrections in Ink is told with unflinching honesty and jolts of irreverent humor, and uncovers a dark and brutal system that affects us all.




Author Keri Blakinger Photo credit: Ilana Panich-Linsman

Keri Blakinger is an investigative reporter based in Texas, covering criminal justice and injustice for The Marshall Project. She previously worked for the Houston Chronicle and her writing has appeared everywhere from the New York Daily News to the BBC and from VICE to The New York Times. She was a member of the Chronicle’s Pulitzer-finalist team in 2018 and her 2019 coverage of women’s jails for The Washington Post Magazine helped earn a National Magazine Award. Before becoming a reporter, she did prison time for a drug crime in New York. Corrections in Ink is her first book.


October 26
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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