Story House – Prisoner Express Event

Curious about Prisoner Express and how it all started? Come to the Durland Alternatives Library in beautiful Anabel Taylor Hall to learn about Prisoner Express, a program founded by Gary Fine more than 20 years ago to help break the isolation and despair of incarcerated people through writing, reading, and art. Through newsletters, book exchanges,…

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“Opening Windows into Other Worlds,” an article about Volunteering at Prisoner Express

Interested in volunteering at Prisoner Express, but not sure yet? Wondering how community engagement can impact your life? Learn more about how volunteers at PE found personal growth and transformation through their experiences in “Opening Windows into Other Worlds,” an article written by the Einhorn Center for Community Engagement at Cornell. Opening windows into other…

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Poetry Anthology 25: Melancholy, Love, and Lessons by Kimberly V

Do you ever wonder what incarcerated individuals think about? Those mysterious thoughts are what I’ve been able to observe while constructing the 25th Poetry Anthology for Prisoner Express. When your day-to-day life is so controlled and mostly void of freedom and autonomy, you would expect it to be quite difficult to come up with creative…

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Reflecting on Thomas Harris’ Journal – Sep 2021

This week I am sharing my impressions on Thomas Harris’ journal entries from Sept. 2021. I encourage you to visit the Journal Archive if you are interested in seeing more works directly from prisoners. ~ Sara Reflecting on Norman Theriot (Journal from 09/2021) The reason I chose to talk about Harris’s entries is that they…

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Winter 2022 Newsletter

Here is the latest Prisoner Express newsletter, being sent to over 4,000 subscribed members.  Every issue contains 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 how meaningful our engagement…

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We are Humans: Stories from the Incarcerated by Martin Vicario

This week I am sharing my reflections on a journal entry from Martin Vicario in October 2021. I encourage you to visit the Journal Archive if you are interested in seeing more works directly from prisoners. Sara   We are Humans: Stories from the Incarcerated by Martin Vicario This entry stood out to me because…

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Looking into Norman Theriot’s Journal

This week I am sharing my reflections on Norman Theriot’s journal entry from 09/27/2021. I encourage you to visit the Journal Archive if you are interested in seeing more works directly from prisoners. Sara   Norman Theriot (Journal from 09/27/2021) Theriot’s journal is a combination of things—of self-reflection, growth, perseverance, and what prison life is…

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Life Story of Deshuan Flowers

Beginning this week, I will be choosing a journal entry from the many that Prisoner Express receives and reflecting on the entry in a brief blog post. I encourage you to visit the online Journal Archive. Sara   Life Story of Deshuan Flowers In a little over a page, Deshuan Flowers tells what he titles…

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Poetry Spotlight: Rolf Rathmann

Lately, working through prisoners’ poetry submissions for the 2021 Poetry Anthology, I’ve found that some are particularly profound and well written. I recently read a poem that I wanted to share for its sheer quality, and the feeling I was left with after reading it. I hope you all find it as enjoyable and moving…

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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Here is the latest Prisoner Express newsletter, being sent to over 4,000 subscribed members. Click here to download PDF – Summer 21 PE Newsletter The knowledge that people read their words and care about their well-being gives prisoners comfort and motivates them to change their lives and habits. Reading one another’s writing helps those in…

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