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Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center Arts Project

Alex Moroz is the founder and director of the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center Arts Project in Illinois. Please contact Alex at amoroz08@gmail.com if you want to learn more, and visit the program website at http://www.ccjdcartsproject.weebly.com. Hello prison arts educators!  I am the founder and director of the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center Arts Project, …

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At Night I Fly: Images from New Folsom

Michel Wenzer is a Swedish filmmaker based in Stockholm. Learn more about his acclaimed new film At Night I Fly: Images from New Folsom on the film’s website.   I came in contact with Spoon Jackson in 2000 through the Swedish theater director Jan Jönsson who had worked with Spoon on a production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” …

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International Postcard Competition

This competition is sponsored by Play’s the Thing: Creative Approaches to Wellbeing, an international conference in London, UK. Entry is encouraged and open to people in prison, with a particular prize for the best entry from a serving prisoner. Fancy the chance to unleash your imagination and share a postcard of your own creation with …

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New E-Book: Her Letters from Prison

Heather Heaton is a 34 year old college student trying to better her life, in spite of the baggage she carries from her earlier life.  She has been quite successful in accomplishing that goal, and she will use the proceeds from the book to help support herself.  Her picture is posted, with her book descriptions, …

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Ruminations on Incarceration (an excerpt)

Carlos Contreras has been twice recognized as a national champion performance poet. He works an educator, leading writing workshops in Albuquerque’s adult jail facility at the Gordon Bernell Charter School. For the complete version of this piece, please visit his blog. The reflections that exist here are the thoughts of a career educator, poet, writer, …

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CONGRATULATIONS, JOE: A New Play About For-Profit Prisons

Lee Irby is a playwright based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Follow Lee on his Kickstarter page to learn more about his work. Absurdist theatre can reflect ugly truths about our existence without resorting to maudlin or overused themes. Done properly, such plays often surprise or even stun audiences by their fresh and innovative displays of …

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Poets-Behind-Bars: An Opportunity for Poets Inside and Out

Sherry Reiter is the founding director of the Creative Righting Center in New York and the co-author of Writing Away the Demons.  “Writing has made me feel like a human being again.” –                         Participant in the Poets-Behind-Bars program, Indiana State Prison  I’m the developer of Poets-Behind-Bars – a unique long distance program in …

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For New Mexicans: Call for Stories

This Prison Justice campaign initiative is a partnership between Media Literacy Project, Thousand Kites, La Plazita Institute, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and Young Women United. We are asking New Mexicans to share their story about how their own life or the life of a loved one is impacted by America’s culture of incarceration. …

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