Prisoner Express Poetry

From the very beginning of Prisoner Express, we have received poetry from prisoners. As we received more submissions we took the hint and began to feature prisoner poems in our newsletter. With the help of volunteers we have staged a number of public readings of prisoner poems, as well as conducted poetry contests for prisoners who wish to participate. Poetry provides a means where the prisoners we work with can freely express themselves. We invite you to read their writings and step into their world.

Click here to see the anthologies, and see recent posts below.

Poetry Anthology #18, by Prisoner Express

Poetry anthology 18 was compiled by Jennifer at Prisoner Express. It was her last big project before she graduated. She edited 2 anthologies in her time at Prisoner Express, reading many thousands of poems from 400+ participants and selected these to print. All of the prisoners who submitted poems received a copy of the newsletter. Download…

Poetry Anthology #19, by Prisoner Express

This poetry anthology #19 was mailed to 412 participants who submitted thousands of poems for consideration. Amber read through them and selected the following for inclusion in this edition. Below are her thoughts on the project. Click here to Download Poetry Anthology #19 “Putting together the poetry anthology has been one of my favorite projects so…

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

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…

“I’m Here,” by William Spaulding

My poem is about my mom. I was in prison and lost her to an overdose. She was my best friend and for the longest time I felt like my life was over. I am an impulsive writer and one morning I woke up and grabbed the pen and paper and wrote this poem. I…

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Current & Past Poetry Anthologies from Prisoner Express

Here's some of the past anthologies we've printed and mailed to prisoners enrolled in our poetry programs. All of these anthologies are available for download and printing (see our copyright statement below) – simply click the PDF you'd like to download.

Poetry #19
Poetry #18
Poetry #17
Poetry #16
Poetry #15
Poetry #14
Poetry #13
Poetry #12
Poetry #11
Poetry #10
Poetry #9
Poetry #8
Poetry #7
Poetry #6
Poetry #5
Poetry #4
Poetry #3
Poetry #2
Poetry #1

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