Posts by Prisoner Express

Prisoner Express Poetry Anthology 21

Prisoner Express [PE] showcases some of the poetry submitted by the men and women who participate in our poetry writing program. A new volume is published every six months. More than 400 poets submitted entries for consideration, and our team of volunteers read through the submissions and create a volume that speaks to them. As…

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Prisoner Express Summer 19 Newsletter

Prisoner Express Summer 19 Newsletter is being mailed to approx 4000 participants in prisons all around the US. Every issue has stories poems and art submitted by the prisoners participating in our distance learning programs. Every issue of the newsletter we mail to prisoners brings us a cascade of responses letting us know at PE…

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Plasmodesmata: Channels to exchange information between cells

Cover page of Plasmodesmata: Channels to exchange information between cells

Hello everyone!   I am excited to share the third issue of our science journal, Plasmodesmata, with you.  For those of you that are new, plasmodesmata (singular: plasmodesma) are microscopic tunnels that form between two neighboring plant cells that allow the exchange of information and other materials.  They are very tiny, usually less than 100…

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Art Knows Nepal ’18

This newsletter shares the rich art of Nepal and Treacy’s experiences on an artist’s residency in Kathmandu, Nepal. Click Here to Download “Art Knows Nepal” Packet

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Chess Newsletter Fall ’17

We have had an ongoing chess club for more than 8 years and as volunteers leave the area we have always managed to find someone new to lead this effort. Currently the lessons are being created by a prisoner in Washington State. This is the first time we have had a program created by someone…

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“Where Dreams are not Welcome,” by Taj Mahan-Haft

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Dreams are an essentially human thing and having them taken away steals life. This piece is a subtle shout to Langston Hughes and his many references to dreams deferred. Here they are not just deferred but kept out at all costs, by the structure of the environment and by the culture inside. I wrote this…

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“The Real Prison” by Stephen LaValle

Prison is not the way people think it is. I found that only prisoners know the real prison. The real prison is loneliness that sinks its teeth into the souls of people and is emptiness that leaves a sick feeling inside. It is anxiety that pushes and swells and is uncertainty that smothers and stifles. It is frustration, futility, despair, and indifference.

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