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 #23 is now available!

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…

Community Across Cells

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…

Poetry Anthology #21 & #22

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…

Poetry Anthology #20

Over 400 prisoners sent in poems in hopes of being included in this anthology. Volunteers at Prisoner Express read through all the poems and selected an assortment that they found meaningful. Now we are reading through another round of poetry as we gather poems for our 22nd anthology. Already 456 individuals have submitted entries and…

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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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