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Art from Coach Gary

Dear Outside World: I’m known as Coach Gee!!! Creative Arts with conviction has carried me from a 16 year old boy to a 49 year old man Lifer!!!  One mistake changed my whole life.  I’ve been given a second chance to come outside of myself and help others.  I’m blessed to be a certified official …

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Book Announcement: Reading Is My Window

Meg Sweeney, Associate Professor of English and  Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, has authored a new book! Reading Is My Window is about incarcerated women’s reading practices.  The book is available from the University of North Carolina Press. Author Meg Sweeney writes to the Prison Arts Coalition about her book: Drawing on extensive individual interviews …

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Is William Martinez Not Our Brother? Twenty Years of the Prison Creative Arts Project

Professor Buzz Alexander, founder of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) at the University of Michigan, has authored a new book celebrating twenty years of PCAP. The book is NOW AVAILABLE from the University of Michigan Press. Buzz’s Book Tour Dates: Battle Creek, MI (after) Prison: Denied Opportunities or Safer Communities? Friday, Oct. 1st @ …

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NATION’S LARGEST EXHIBTION OF PRISON ART CELEBRATES 15 YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Press Release for the 15th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

Poetry and Prose from a Colorado Women’s Prison

A powerful writing workshop held at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility recently received media coverage in the University of Colorado Denver Advocate.  Check out the article Poetry and prose from prison: Finding a voice despite being locked up, written by Tiffany Fitzgerald. The article discusses the publication Captured Words/Free Thoughts, a collection of poems, stories …

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“By Heart: Poetry, Prison and Two Lives”

We are thrilled that By Heart, a two-person memoir written by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson will be out this April.   Congratulations, Judith and Spoon, on what is sure to be a powerful and beautiful work! Learn about the authors here: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/oakland-judith-tannenbaum-discusses-and-signs-heart Watch the book trailer by Michel Wenzer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8684AjtFYU Here are a couple of …

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Book Recommendation: Interrupted Life

By Emily Harris Interrupted Life: Experienecs of Incarcerated Women in the United States is a recently released collection of writings by and about women who are incarcerated across the country. The collection was put together by Rickie Solinger, Paula C. Johnson, Martha L. Raimon, Tina Reynolds and Ruby C. Tapia. I recently picked up a …

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Mother California

Kenneth E. Hartman’s is the third book to come out this fall written by men doing time. I’ve written before about Dwayne Betts’ A Question of Freedom and Jarvis Masters’ That Bird Has My Wings, and now I want to share a few words about Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars by Kenneth …

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