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Call for Submissions: Voices Through the Wall: Prisoners Write About Prisons

The editors seek non-fiction essays and prose fiction by men and women currently incarcerated in American prisons. We believe that inmates constitute a rich but untapped intellectual and cultural resource.  We hope to create a collection that mines the experience and wisdom of inmates, in order to offer a better understanding of the prison’s place …

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Inside/Outside Envelope Project

Phyllis Kornfeld – whose Cellblock Visions is a powerful and beautiful collection of art made by people in prison – has begun the Inside/Outside Envelope Project. As Phyllis describes: “Envelope art is a long-standing tradition in prison art. Beautiful envelopes sent to loved ones communicate a deep connection. The Inside/Outside Envelope Project is expanding that …

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That Bird Has My Wings

That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row is Jarvis Jay Masters’ second book, and it comes with endorsements by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Van Jones, author David Sheff, and many others. Although Masters writes of the crimes he’s committed, as well as those he’s innocent of though convicted – …

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Finally Free

The Otter Creek Players, a creative arts group at the Otter Creek Correctional Facility in Wheelwright, KY, produced an original play this summer called Finally Free, which explored the themes of confinement and freedom. Finally Free was produced through the Thousand Kites Project at Appalshop.  We were fortunate enough to be able to create an …

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By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives

By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives — a two-person memoir written by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson — will be out in April 2010. You can read more about the book here (and sign up to be notified when the book is available).

A Question of Freedom

R. Dwayne Betts – “a good student from a lower-middle-class family” – carjacked a man, went to prison, and has written a book about the experience. Betts was sixteen when he committed the crime, but tried and convicted as an adult; he served eight years in Virginia prisons. He’s been out for four years now …

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We are pleased to share with you a link to the NPR/WLRN radio piece that aired on June 29, 2009. The spot highlighted the ArtSpring program facilitated by Amy Carol Webb and Lela Lombardo at Broward Correctional Institution. Please follow this link and scroll down to June 29, 2009 to hear the recorded program.  The …

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Words of Realness

Stefan Säfsten, a Swedish composer, has written two choral suites whose text is the poems of Spoon Jackson (who is serving life without possibility of parole in California). The church choir, Järva Röster, has performed the songs in Europe and the United States. Cds of the work — Freedom for the Prisoners and the recent …

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