Community Across Cells

The two following poems are some of the first to be chosen for the Volume 23 of the  Prisoner Express Poetry Anthology.  Jointly they expose the painfully obvious and the obscured realities of what living life—for whatever amount of time—between the walls of a cell are like. Thank you to all who have contributed to…

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Voices from Prisons Across the Country, A Zoom Poetry Reading!

Voices from Prisons Across the Country Join us to experience the power of poetry and prose submitted to the on-campus nonprofit, Prisoner Express, from incarcerated individuals across the US. Students working with Prisoner Express will read poetry and theme writings, discuss the volunteer opportunities that are available, and share some of the insights and personal growth they have gained while working…

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Prisoner Express Art @ MoMA!

MoMA PS 1 is presenting a major exhibition of prison art from April 5 through August 25: “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” This exhibition explores art and mass incarceration, featuring art made by 35 artists in prisons and persons whose life has been impacted by incarceration. The exhibition is in conjunction…

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Poetry Anthology #21 & #22

Prisoner Express Poetry Volume 21 and 22 are now available! Prisoner Express has just published two volumes of poetry submitted by incarcerated authors across the US. A team of PE volunteers read through thousands of poems to find the poems for each anthology. Each volume had over 500 writers submit poems for consideration. Every prisoner…

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Prisoner Express Winter 2020 Newsletter

Discover the humanity of incarcerated men and women through their creative writing and art in this winter edition of our biannual newsletter. This newsletter also contains a description of all the 10 programs PE is offering this cycle, including courses in financial literacy, songwriting, mediation and a book club featuring the novel Slaughterhouse-five.  The prisoner…

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Program Pitch: Journals 📔

The journal program runs twice a week, where prisoners and student volunteers get the opportunity to connect through mailed ‘journal entries’. Katie, a junior information science major at Cornell, runs the program on Thursdays. Below, she shares with us what the program is all about and how to get involved. What is the journal program?…

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Program Pitch: Art 🎨

The arts program is led every Monday night by Krinal T., a freshman psychology major at Cornell. Below, she shares with us what the program is all about and how to get involved.   What is the art program? How does it work?  The art program provides a platform for incarcerated artists to showcase their…

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Program Pitch: Book Packing 📚📦

On Monday evenings, senior biological sciences major Melissa Z. leads the book packing program for Prisoner Express. 10-15 student volunteers come in every week for two hours to prepare book packages for prisoners across the country. Below, Melissa shares with us what the program is all about and how to get involved.   What is…

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Poetry Anthology #20

Over 400 prisoners sent in poems in hopes of being included in this anthology. Volunteers at Prisoner Express read through all the poems and selected an assortment that they found meaningful. Now we are reading through another round of poetry as we gather poems for our 22nd anthology. Already 456 individuals have submitted entries and…

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