Prisoner Express News & Updates

Story House – Prisoner Express Event

By Gary Fine | April 17, 2022

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

By Gary Fine | April 15, 2022

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

By Volunteer | March 18, 2022

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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Winter 2022 Newsletter

By Gary Fine | February 18, 2022

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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Poetry Spotlight: Rolf Rathmann

By Mariana | November 19, 2021

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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