Prisoner Express News & Updates

New Jim Crow book club with prisoners

The book requests are coming in… the New Jim Crow book club

By Ryan Clover | October 20, 2017

Quick update : the letters are coming in! Last month we invited over 3,000 prisoners to join a book club reading of The New Jim Crow – here’s some of the responses that have already come in. Click on the letter below to read it. What’s next: We’re allowing time for more people to join…

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Song Writing by Mail – 40 Prisoners Create “Pick It Up”

By Ryan Clover | September 1, 2017

Songstress Kathy Ziegler created a song writing program with Prisoner Express – weaving together the lyrics contributed by 40 different prisoners, all through mail correspondence. Listen here, and read the story of this program. Listen here.

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By Ryan Clover | August 24, 2017

If you’re familiar with our program then you know that we receive hundreds of letters every month from people incarcerated throughout the U.S. I’m not exaggerating… hundreds. In fact, most of these letters include artwork, poetry, essays, journal entries, and other types of expression. Those are the main categories though, and thus they are the…

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Stigmatizing Prisoner Art?

By Ryan Clover | July 1, 2017

In this show, I asked 55 artists, half of whom are incarcerated and half of whom are NOT incarcerated (many Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumni) to create a work of art in a 6” circle to be presented anonymously…

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From an Open Door – Treacy Ziegler’s Blog

By Treacy Ziegler | June 16, 2017

Essays exploring art, aesthetics, and questions of freedom in creativity and living. Treacy Ziegler is the coordinator of the Prisoner Express Arts program – and it’s a great honor that we share her blog here on www.prisonerexpress.org For the past 25 years I have been an artist working in painting, printmaking and, most recently,  sculpture.   For most…

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