Greetings! I hope this newsletter finds you well and keeping safe! The last newsletter (summer 2020) focused on art in the time of pandemics. Obviously, we cannot yet leave the pandemic behind, but we can change the channel for a respite. This newsletter will focus on art that has many names; primitive art, outsider art,…

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Prisoner Express is now offering an online volunteer hub with regular events, instructions for writing prisoners, and updates on the digital archive for prisoner writing! This is helping us achieve our goal to provide opportunities to share, heal, and connect as human beings. Since March 2020 we have been unable to access our regular space…

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Hundreds of prisoners send in thousands of poems to be considered in every Prisoner Express Poetry Anthology.  Every participant who submits a poem is mailed a copy of the anthology. Seeing their work in print, even knowing someone is reading their words has a tremendous impact on inspiring incarcerated men and women to reflect and…

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Prisoner Express has just mailed it’s Summer 2020 Newsletter to incarcerated men and women throughout the USA. During the pandemic, most internal programming is shut down in prisons. Often prisons are in a perpetual lockdown state so people are confined to their cells with little or no opportunities for education and creative engagement.  PE is…

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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 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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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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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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