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Mi Vida Arte, My Life Art

by Marcela Castro About the guest blogger: Marcela Castro is originally from Costa Rica. She is an artist, a mother, and a member of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), a national nonprofit working to end the isolation and abuse of people in U.S. immigration detention. Marcela has been drawing and painting for …

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Memory of Space

by Treacy Ziegler About the guest blogger: Treacy Ziegler has been an exhibiting artist for the past 23 years. She studied painting and printmaking for four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. As a student she was awarded a J. Henry Scheidt Traveling Scholarship. Before studying art at PAFA, Ziegler received a Master …

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Incarcerated Women and the Transformational Power of Poetry

by Leah Thorn About the guest blogger: Leah Thorn is an artist/activist, using spoken word poetry for the autobiographical exploration of identity and liberation. She frequently performs in collaboration with dancers and musicians and her work is published through performance, film, anthologies and magazines in England and the United States. Leah also leads poetry-as-empowerment workshops, primarily in …

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The City Inside

By Hakim Bellamy About the guest blogger: Hakim Bellamy became the inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque on April 14th, 2012, at age 33. He was the son of a preacher man (and a praying woman). His mother gave him his first book of poetry as a teen, a volume by Khalil Gibran. Many poems later, …

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Vidahlia Press and Publishing House Announces the Largest Writing Contest for Prisoners

Below is a message from Vidahlia Press and Publishing House. Vidahlia Press & Publishing House announces its first literary contest for those incarcerated in federal, state, or county prison. Approximately 2,000 federal and state correctional facilities in the country are participating in the Contest. The Prison Writing Contest will offer prizes including one year tuition payment …

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Film Release: Lost and Found

The following is a message from filmmakers at Passion River, who have recently released the film ‘Lost and Found’. Prison arts programs have, since their inception, been used to provide inmates with a more constructive use for their time. Analyses of the benefits of prison arts programs tend to focus, understandably so, on how the …

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The American Prison Writing Archive

The following is a message from the Hamilton College Digital Humanities Initiative.  The United States holds more prisoners and employs more prison staff than any other nation on earth.  But there is no central location where the public, policy makers, students or researchers can benefit from the many years of first-hand experience of prisoners and prison …

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Paños created in US prisons spark the passion of exhibitor in France

PAC asked Reno Angelo Leplat-Torti, an artist and curator of exhibitions of Chicano prison art in France, to tell us a bit about himself, how his interest in prison art developed, and what kind of impact his exhibitions are having. My name is Reno Angelo Leplat-Torti. I was born in France, but my family emigrated …

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